Some regularity in eating pattern does seem to be one of the keys to good health.
In practice, individuals generally do well on three meals a day, with the addition of a snack of some raw nuts, seeds or dried fruit in the mid-late afternoon. Those who take breakfast early might want to supplement with a similar snack in the late morning too.
For those wishing to optimise their well-being through dietary means, the evidence suggests that consistency is the order of the day.
- Eating regular low fat meals reduces total and LDL (bad) cholesteroland reduces resistance to insulin – reducing the overall risk of developing heart disease.
- Regular meal eaters tend to have a lower energy (calorie) intake compared to those who eat irregularly – crucial if you’re looking to maintain or lose weight.
- By eating regularly (meals and snacks) you will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Why is this good? Because this will help prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you over-eating the next time you eat (which is usually the time you reach for that chocolate bar, latte or muffin – or all 3!).