A meal can be defined as something that provides us with more than 50 calories, both in solid and liquid forms. Numerous studies show that having frequent small meals can deliver physical benefits. Traditionally, people have three meals; lighter meal for breakfast, moderate meal for lunch and large meal for dinner. Between these meals, people also often have numerous snacking sessions.
After having a meal; fat, carbohydrate and protein will leave our body after 3 or 4 hours. If we eat every 3 or 4 hours, our body will process food all day long. Because food leaves our stomach slowly, the spike in insulin levels can be better managed. Insulin is a type of hormone that tells our body to store energy. Due to less significant blood sugar levels, less insulin is produced and there are fewer signals for storing fat. More energy will pass through our system, without being stored.
By having smaller and more frequent meals, our blood sugar level is fairly level throughout the day. We have an insulin surge if our blood sugar level goes above 120mg per decilitre. We feel hungry when the blood sugar level goes under 80mg per decilitre. It means that by eating small meals frequently, our blood sugar level can be kept somewhere between 80mg to 120mg per decilitre. We will feel less hungry and we store less of what we eat. Our diet program will be much more manageable, because we don’t really feel hungry, but we can still ensure acceptable rate of weight loss.