I’ve learned something lately.
Multiple mini meals throughout the day – doesn’t work for me.
Multiple little snacks trhoughout the day – doesn’t work for me.
For me these just end up being a chance to overeat. I tried for the longest time to eat like this because so many other people do it and said it was the best way.
The best way to do something for one person might not be the best way to do it for another.
I was reading Lyn’s blog post about regaining the weight she had lost and my heart hurt for her. I did that once before and regaining the weight is awful. It hurts. It’s so much harder than you think. I know she can get back to a good place and I’m totally cheering for her. What really got me on this post was a lot of the comments that asked her to stop snacking, especially this one:
“…can you please stop snacking? I know in recent years it is always touted as the “answer” to never feel hungry, blood sugar, blah blah blah, but I’m a lot older, and trust me, back in the day three square meals a day was enough. I think snacking alone is the way to put on weight even if you are perfect at every meal. I’m not perfect, but I can say I do much better when I’m not chewing and sipping all day long. I’m not sure when it happened but nobody can go without a large drink and something to munch on. In the 50s, 60s, 70s you never saw this and almost everybody was slim… “
In my own situation I’m realizing this is true. I do much better when I stick to three meals a day rather than trying to break it down into mini meals or have lots of snacks.
Sure snacking is fun but it’s also a chance for me to constantly think about food which something I don’t need in my life at all. I find that half the time I’m not really physically hungry either I just feel I “should” eat at certain times to keep my blood sugar or energy levels good. When I’m snacking or eating small meals I’m thinking about food more, spending more time on it, and in the end consuming more of it.
With three meals a day I don’t do that. It’s easier to plan those and then just make them when needed. I spend less time and thought centered around food and I eat less. I am much more satisfied after a meal and that feeling lasts a long time. After counting calories doing it both ways I’ve learned that 3 meals a day works out much better for me calorie wise than the small meals/snacks route.
I’m giving up on the mini meals and meals with snacks ideas. They just don’t work for me like they do for other people. Snacking isn’t helpful. Lately I’ve been sticking with 3 meals a day (and maybe a night time protein shake sometimes) and it’s been working slowly.
That’s what works for me. What works for you? 3 big meals? Lots of little meals? Meals and snacks? How do you eat?