A lot of people who call themselves weight loss experts propose eating six small meals a day in order to lose weight. A lot of people are struggling with weight issues and want to lose weight, so many people have tried this ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan.
I’ve never struggled with my weight. But I’ve experimented with a lot when it comes to food and diet, and that includes eating six small meals a day.
I don’t claim to have any scientific knowledge of a lot of things. I don’t need it because my body is far better at communicating what it needs than science will ever be. So, if you are interested in what others who might have more knowledge have to say, I’ll give some links below so you can follow up.
Now here’s where I have a problem with this ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan:
- It goes against listening to your body.
In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle that gives results, we know listening to our bodies is key. This post is dedicated to listening to your body.
Your body will tell you when it’s full. And we know we must stop eating as soon as we feel the first signs of fullness. Now, if you follow the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan, you ditch the important element of listening to your body, and now your plate dictates whether or not you should stop eating.
If you find your plate empty and you feel far from satisfied, then I’m willing to bet you’ll either be getting the second helping, which now goes against the plan, or you’ll be miserably counting hours until your next meal. And dreaming about your next meal is an indication that you are starving and that can’t sustain you for the long term as far as losing weight is concerned.
A lot of people who follow harmful fads like this one tend to go back to overeating, erasing any fake progress they might have done while following the plan.
- It’s always a bad idea to eat just because your clock says so
This is very similar to the first point. We know you should eat when you feel hungry and stop as soon as you feel full. If you do that, you are guaranteed to lose weight and keep it off, provided you help your diet with all the other necessary tools like exercise and eating clean.
Now, the proponents of this ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan say you should eat after a certain time. They calculate time after your last meal to determine when you next meal should be. That’s the ultimate mistake because when you do that, you go against what your body communicates.
If your body says you are hungry and you are still two hours away from your next meal, do you honestly think you can wait? And what if you still feel full when your next meal comes up? Do you stuff yourself then so you don’t break the rules?
There’s no specific time for eating. Your lunch doesn’t have to be at 1pm if you don’t feel hungry.
- Everyone is different and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ plan for eating
We have different appetites as well as different metabolisms. Some people are satisfied by only a small amount of food while others are satisfied by a larger amount of food. There’s nothing wrong with that because we are different.
As long as you learn to listen when your body tells you that you are hungry and when it tells you that you are full, then you can manage to keep the weight off without resorting to the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan.
The problem with this plan is that it lumps people up in one category and assumes we are all the same, which we are not.
- It’s not sustainable
Now I’ll explain the sustainability part of this plan, or lack thereof. The ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan might be sustainable if you are trying to lose weight for the summer, or for your wedding that’s coming up in four months’ time. But it won’t work if you want to keep the weight off for as long as you live.
I mean, does it make sense to actually think you can stick to a plan like that all your days? Where you are rarely satisfied with what you eat and you are looking at the clock to tell you when you should eat again?
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, the formula is simple: eat healthy food when you are hungry and stop as soon as you feel full. Simple as that.
- Food and diet experts as well as scientists change their claims all the time
Today, eggs are bad and tomorrow they are not. Caffeine is bad for you but this is the weird way it can actually benefit you, and the list goes on. Come on, how much more of this can a person take?
I know the basics of a great diet: have healthy food in the right proportions when you are hungry and stop as soon as you feel full. I feel the need to chant this because it’s the ultimate truth when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.
With these basics, I no longer have to be swayed by scientists. They can claim this today and disclaim it tomorrow, but our basic plan will never get old or grow out of fashion.
The final word
If you are trying to lose weight and keep it off, then learn to listen to your body. Your body is your best messenger and it will always tell you the truth. There’s no need to go into crazy diet fads, in fact, these will do you more harm than good.
Listen to your body and be in tune with it. Then you’ll know what it needs and as long as you do that, you’ll never go wrong. The ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan is just a ridiculous plan that might have worked for the original user who then thought it could be adapted to the whole mankind. It can’t.
Thank you for reading this post. I know I might have stepped on a few toes by discrediting the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan. But I thought I might say my two cents.
Maybe the plan works for you, and if you can stick with it for the long term, which I doubt you can, then go for it. But if you’ve tried it and it failed you, don’t worry, it was never a good plan to begin with. Listen to your body; that’s the best plan.
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Here‘s Dr. Kellyann’s take on the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan.
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