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I have always been the kind of person who likes to break rules and this is one of my favorite rules to break; eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day to burn fat and speed up your metabolism.


There was a time when I blindly followed the “grazing” strategy and it worked for a while –until it stopped working and I started gaining weight.


So if eating mini meals is supposed to speed up your metabolism and burn fat, why are we more overweight than ever?


I want to share with you the dangers of eating 5-6 mini meals and the benefits of eating 3 squares a day.


Stored fat is the body’s “steady, gets you through the day” and your brain’s preferred fuel source; it is like a slow burning log in the fireplace. On the other hand, sugar and carbohydrates are more like paper being thrown on the fire; you get a quick rush of energy and then the next thing you know, you hit the crash line.


But when you “graze” throughout the day, your body uses sugar for fuel instead of stored fat. When I talk about sugar, I am referring to carbohydrates like the healthy snack bar, yogurt, cookie or bag of chips you just ate.


Think about this; why should your body dig into stored fat for fuel, when it gets express meals delivered every 3 hours? Not to mention that when you are constantly “grazing” your insulin (a fat storing and hunger hormone) levels go up 6 times a day rather than only 3 times a day.


Experts tell us that grazing;


Speeds up your metabolism

Helps you lose weight

Keeps your blood sugar level

It keeps cravings at bay


Unfortunately, there is no evidence supporting their claims. In 2002, the New York Academy of Sciences published a report stating that all-day grazing can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.



But there is plenty of evidence to support eating 3 squares a day. A 2 month study published in the book “The 3-Season Diet 2000” by John Douillard, found that people who retrained their bodies to burn stored fat by eating 3 meals a day lost an average of 1.2 pounds a week.


They also had:


  • Increased energy levels
  • Clarity of thought
  • Better sleep
  • No more cravings


Eating 3 meals a day might sound hard, but according to celebrity nutritionist JJVirgin PhD, “three meals a day is making a comeback as a weight loss strategy. Start by eating your first meal within one hour of getting up and the last meal within three hours before bed.”


I believe that snacking is just another way for BIG FOOD to make more money off the American public. It's time to start listening to your body's unique nutritional needs and not what so called experts tell you.

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