Small, Frequent Meals
“You are defined by your habits. Change your habits...change your life.”
The purpose of frequent small meals is functional. Look, you don’t go swimming on a full stomach. Why, because you might die. We evolved to eat small meals, because it was difficult to find large amounts of nutrition all at once. Perhaps, and even more importantly, the odds of successfully outrunning a hungry saber tooth tiger were a lot slimmer on a bloated stomach. It seems fair to assume that those who were predisposed to eat the big meals were far more likely to become food for predators than those of us that ate frequent, small meals. Conversely, chasing down a meal was far harder on a full belly than on a ¼ tank.
Eating less increased your/our ancestors’ likelihood of catching dinner and not being caught for dinner. As Riki-Tiki-Tavi’s mother so wisely instructed, “A full mongoose is a slow mongoose.” Fast-forward to this century...frequent, small meals will not help you, directly, to lose more weight. You will lose the same amount of weight if you eat 1,500 calories/day in two meals or in six. You will just feel better and reap many other benefits from eating less and more often.
1. Small meals, about 200-300 calories, taken every few hours will not stretch out your stomach, and you will feel full with less food. A small stomach will help you to limit your consumption in those moments where you succumb to temptation.
2. Your body will rapidly become accustomed to eating frequent, small meals, and your metabolism will happily burn calories rather than storing them as fat. Your metabolism will be secure in the knowledge that more nutrition is on its way, and that it does not need to hold anything in reserve.
3. You will reap the full benefit of every meal. Your body, when not faced with an overload of food, will efficiently wring every last bit of nutrition from what you have fed it. When your incredibly efficient body is given too much food to work with at once, it defaults to fat storage.
4. You will have more energy. Your body will not be required to divert significant energy to digest a small meal. Large meals make us sleepy, because our bodies are busy with digestion.
5. You will always be fueled up and ready to perform.
6. You will not be hungry. You will be eating every few hours. Hunger, the dieter’s enemy, will not have a say in your routine. Hunger will not affect your decision-making process.