“Fight the battle of the bulge by filling up with smaller meals featuring protein and fiber spaced evenly throughout the day,” says Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD. Again you will find for every statement a nutritionist makes there will be other experts that disagree. Some diet authors even push for a one meal a day diet. It really doesn’t matter what experts say, it’s about what works for you. One thing about smaller meals or three meals and three snacks is that you don’t get so hungry. Also, you are feeding the body more often and that converts to energy throughout the day. It works for me. I eat three meals and have a morning snack of fruit, an afternoon snack of a protein bar and fruit, and an evening snack of protein pudding or hot chocolate. Endeavor to keep your snacks from starch carbs such as pretzels and crackers. Fruit always makes a good snack. Nuts are okay if you are on maintenance but eating them while dieting can cause a nut craving, and then you eat too many. So keep from that hunger cycle by eating more often, at least a snack.
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