As Priya has nicely summed up - evidence does suggest that increased meal frequencies can assist with reported lower body weights in adults. And again - it's not necessarily for everyone so talking to an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) may be of benefit to you. Like Pyria mentioned - quantity and quality of each meal is just as important.
In my own experience with clients trying to lose weight - increased meal frequencies has assisted with losing weight and keeping the weight off as it helped break my clients ‘snacking’ behaviours throughout the day, which more often than not tended to be energy dense, high fat, high sugar foods. Rather than sitting down to a nutritious meal they just tended to pick on whatever was available throughout the day - so while at the time it seemed like only “one piece of chocolate” or “one doughnut” it adds up over the course of a day.
With some clients, consuming 3 main meals a day is ample (eg. breakfast, lunch and dinner) to help with satiety (feeling full for longer) and therefore reducing the chance of overeating or snacking between meals. With other clients, consuming 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 3 small midmeals (morning tea, afternoon tea and supper) works for them. Talking to an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) may be beneficial for you to help determine what suits your lifestyle.
As a general guideline and to ensure nutritional adequacey of your diet, consuming at least 3 main meals everyday is recommended.
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