Making the Choice Between Small Meals and Big Meals
Deciding how best to eat your allotted daily food intake can be a bit confusing if you're dieting. Some experts say to eat a big breakfast; some say a big lunch is better. Some advocate three square meals and no snacks. Who knows, maybe those that say five or six small meals are right. Let's take a look.
Every nutritionist the world over will agree that starting your day off with breakfast is a must. Breakfast jump starts your metabolism and helps your body get in the calorie-burning mode. But, just how big should your breakfast be? That depends.
If you're day has a lot of activity in store eating a good-sized breakfast is a good idea; unless of course you'll be able to replenish your supply of nutrients burned up with activity as the day progresses. If you're destined to sit behind a desk for the majority of the day, a big breakfast isn't really a good thing. Your lack of activity means you won't be burning many calories. A big breakfast will only add more calories that you'll need to burn off in order to keep up with your target diet goal.
Eating a big lunch falls pretty much within the same criteria as breakfast. If you're going to be fairly active after eating, go for it. If not, not only do you stand the chance of falling asleep from the full-belly syndrome, those calories will simply pile up on top of each other.