This is a great question.
It is important that you listen to your body's hunger and satiety cues. Some people are a ‘3 meals a day’ type and don’t feel the need to snack in between. If this is the case, I would generally go along with this pattern (ie; I wouldn’t suggest they have snacks in between), but portion sizes is something you would want to keep an eye on.
I also see people all the time who say “I just cannot go without my morning tea and afternoon tea snack”. This is OK too! It is just important to look at the types of snacks you’re having and ensuring they are nutrient dense, not energy dense.
If you are snacking, it's also important to ask yourself if you are physically hungry between meals.
Or are you just eating because it’s there? Out of boredom? Habit? Everyone else is having some of the birthday cake at work? If you are not hungry between meals - then it is best to not eat.
This is not to say to skip meals either. If you are not so hungry at lunch time, just have a smaller lunch than you normally do. It is completely normal to be more hungry on some days and less hungry on other days, or feeling like a snack in the morning, but not the afternoon it’s all about finding that balance.
This question highlights how different everyone as individuals are and therefore it’s important to get personalised advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian.
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