What if I told you eating small, frequent meals can really rev up your metabolism and help keep your weight under control?
Not only can eating often help with metabolism, but it assists in regulating blood sugars, decreasing heartburn, reducing the cravings we all get, and keeping our hunger under control to prevent binge eating.
When we skip meals, our metabolism slows down making it harder to digest food. If you skip meals, you are more likely to indulge and overeat. With the already slowed metabolism, it is going to take longer to break down large meals contributing to weight gain.
Hunger can become anyone’s worst enemy and can assist in those extra pounds none of us want to gain. When we go too long without eating (4 or more hours), our body goes into “deprivation” mode and starts to store what we eat as fat. None of us want that to happen!
Life is crazy at times and it is hard to find the TIME to get it all done. I recommend preparing meals in advance and storing them in small, plastic containers. This makes it easy to GRAB-N-GO!
Small Meal Examples:
- Apple and 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Hummus and vegetables
- Egg on toast
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 sandwich
- 4 oz chicken with ½ cup broccoli
- 1 egg on 1 slice of toast
- Handful of almonds/walnuts
- Small bag of popcorn
- 4 oz chicken and 1 ounce (~50 kernels) of unsalted pistachios
- 1 container greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup edamame