A great video explaining why it’s best to eat only 3 meals a day

Why 6 – 8 small meals a day doesn’t work in the long run

Most experts on hypoglycemia recommend you should eat 6 – 8 small meals a day to keep your blood sugar stable. I have always disagreed with this. I believe it’s best to eat just three meals a day. If you really can’t go between lunch and dinner without eating, then have a small snack in the late afternoon. But aim for 3 meals a day.

In the video above, Dr John Douillard gives a great explanation of why eating 6 – 8 meals a day is bad for your health in the long term. The idea behind eating every 2 – 3 hours is to introduce a level of blood sugar stability. But as Dr Douillard explains, the long-term effect of training your body to expect a blood sugar boost every 2 – 3 hours is an eventual deterioration of stable blood sugar, increased anxiety and increased weight gain. The exact opposite of what you want!

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4 Responses to A great video explaining why it’s best to eat only 3 meals a day

  1. Mary says:

    I tried 6 small mail a day and ended up perpetually wanting more so that I ate all day long saying to ‘myself ‘well I am only eating snacks’. I soon stopped that as my life was being taken over by food and I felt bloated. Dr D’s explanation is clear and logical. Thanks Chris for introducing me to him. I will check his website and am interested to see if he says anything abut grains.

    • Chris says:

      Yes, that’s exactly what happens when you eat 6 – 8 small meals a day. You are thinking about food all day long. It’s not necessary if you eat 3 balanced meals, which have protein, fats and carbohydrates to give you a slow release of energy over several hours.

  2. Ellie says:

    Sounds good, but what do you recommend when you’re trying to gain weight and still eat healthy?

    • Chris says:

      That’s a great question. It’s something I face myself as I tend to be slightly underweight. However, you can still maintain a healthy weight by eating just 3 times a day. I have proven this myself. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel satisfied but not stuffed full. If you are genuinely hungry between meals i.e. if you haven’t eaten enough at the previous meal, then have a small snack to tide you over until the next meal. But over time you can learn how much you need to eat at each meal so you don’t feel hungry between. When your body is healthy, it will naturally maintain a normal weight.

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