Although most people are used to eating three meals a day, there are many opinions about how many meals a day are good.
Some people say that you can lose weight by eating only one meal a day. Some people also say that one should eat less and eat more, and one should eat six or seven meals a day to lose weight. Others said, don’t eat dinner, hungry cure all kinds of diseases… Do you have a face of stupid?
In fact, there is no absolute answer to this question. Different situations and different choices.
Eat one meal a day: starve to death or survive to death.
Can you lose weight if you eat one meal a day? If [a meal] means that other what do not eat except this meal, it can really lose weight.
Think about it, after all, the size of stomach capacity is limited. A meal is generally only 1/3 ~ 1/2 of the energy and nutrition for a day, and it is very difficult to eat enough for a day (except the King of Stomach). To put it bluntly, it is actually a diet.
It is definitely not possible to eat like this for a long time. Malnutrition and eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, etc.) may come to you. However, if it is only occasionally, there is no big problem in what.
For example, on a weekend, when you wake up, you may wake up at two or three o’clock in the afternoon (probably hungry). There is no what breakfast or lunch. You have a full meal directly. You don’t have to eat dinner if you are not hungry. You go to bed earlier at night, so there is no need to eat several meals deliberately.
Suitable for individual special circumstances.
Eat two meals a day: neither starve to death nor survive.
Eating one meal a day is still no problem to be [alive], but it is more difficult to be nutritious and healthy.
We need a lot of nutrition a day. One kilo of vegetables, one or two cups of milk, half a kilo of staple food and one egg should be able to survive until we vomit, not to mention fruits, meat and bean products.
However, if you eat two meals, such as one at 90 o’clock in the morning and one at 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon (very abnormal two time points), the pressure on your stomach will be reduced. In fact, some places still keep the habit of eating two meals a day, and there is no big problem with what.
However, most people who eat two meals a day are unhealthy.
Often it is not because of habits, but all kinds of [love has to already]: get up late, habitually miss breakfast; Busy forget or have no time, habitually miss lunch and dinner; As well as want to lose weight, or just because lazy cooking, deliberately not to eat a certain meal (s), etc.
If you want to eat two meals a day and keep healthy, it’s not that [eat less] is so unskilled. You need to learn two key points.
- Eat on time: two meals are basically eaten regularly, the interval is not long, but short, don’t [don’t eat after noon]; Clever collocation: The amount of food for the two meals is basically the same, and the ingredients for the whole day are as diverse as possible, comprehensive and balanced.
[Controlling diet is good for health] means that the total calories are suitable or slightly reduced, which can help control the weight reasonably and thus reduce the risk of chronic diseases, but it definitely does not mean that [hunger cures all diseases].
Suitable for some people who eat two meals regularly.
Eat three meals a day: conform to the law
Have you ever wondered why you have to eat three meals a day in your daily life?
Because… Everyone eats like this, which is just in line with the law.
- According to the digestion rule of intestines and stomach: the interval between two meals is 4-5 hours, which is exactly the time required for stomach emptying. When you feel hungry, it is time to eat the next meal, and the intestines and stomach are not burdened. Conform to the work and rest rules: on the other hand, it is also perfectly consistent with the work and rest of most people;
Three meals are less burdensome to the intestines and stomach than two meals, and it is best to eat seven or eight full points for each meal. Three meals are also easier to achieve diverse, comprehensive and balanced food, which can easily meet nutritional needs.
Suitable for the broadest masses of the people.
Eat four or five meals a day: stabilize blood sugar and control appetite.
Then if you don’t have a full meal, and you are greedy and hungry between meals, can you add another meal?
Of course. You can add a meal at 90 o’clock in the morning, 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon and 3 or 4 hours before going to bed.
Particularly suitable for:
- Patients with chronic diseases such as hyperglycemia and diabetes: split a lunch into two times to eat, eat only five full lunches, and eat another half extra meal in the afternoon. When the total amount is well controlled, it is not easy to suffer from hyperglycemia. People with small appetite: they don’t eat much at a meal, so naturally they can only eat enough after eating more than a few times. Women in the second trimester of pregnancy, the third trimester of pregnancy and lactation: their nutritional needs increase (they are prone to hunger), but it is not appropriate to increase their appetite and control their blood sugar. People who are prone to gluttony and want to lose weight: to a certain extent, help control hunger and reduce gluttony.
Some people say that eating four or five meals a day can improve metabolism and help lose weight? Can only say, think too much!
The influence of the number of meals per day on metabolism can be basically ignored. If you eat a few more meals, you can improve your metabolism. If you eat one meal a minute and one bite per meal, will your metabolism not go up to heaven?
Special reminder: People who want to lose weight are not recommended to blindly start eating less and more.
If you don’t learn the knowledge of food quantity and nutrition, you may eat too much tragedy, and the more you lose, the fatter you get. Remember, the total amount should be moderate.
For most people, eating at intervals of 2-3 hours is the end of five or six meals a day. But…
Some people can also eat six, seven, eight or nine meals a day.
Of course not you.
Such as professional bodybuilders.
In order to achieve a specific weight, or muscle mass, or body fat rate, they need to carry out different exercise training from ordinary people, and cooperate with the training to make nutritional supplements.
Long-term high-intensity training, heat consumption is huge, must constantly supplement nutrition, also requires not to affect the following exercise.
Is there anyone who can eat more than nine meals a day?
And… Is it over? If there are such people, then the meaning of daily life is basically just [eating]…
In short, no matter how many meals a day you eat, it is a dietary principle:
The total amount is appropriate, and the amount of sports activities should meet the needs. The amount of each meal will not be burdened by intestines and stomach, so as to strive for a balanced variety of nutrition and a reasonable interval.