Eat three meals a day. No, eat six small meals a day. Every time you go to your kitchen, you feel like eating something, but are you hungry? Or if you are hungry, you wait for the right time to eat?
Eat. Don’t eat. Eat healthy, and so on. Every day we struggle with such thoughts before we start eating anything. Eating when hungry or eating on a schedule has always been questionable. But what’s right? Both have pros and cons. Before you eat anything, it is imperative to know your hunger. Hunger signals us to eat when our body needs energy. You must be able to recognize those stomach rumbles, when hungry and satiety signal, when full. This is the best to control your hunger and satisfy your stomach with the right amount of meal. Most of the time, people eat when they are not hungry, but feeling bored, emotional, or simply lonely. That’s where when one starts overeating. It is important to start monitoring your body and eat intuitively.
Eating only when hungry
Children are the best example to teach you this. They only eat when they are hungry and stop once they are full. If this is the case with you as well, you should feel good about it that you don’t struggle by eating food that you don’t want to rather wait for the hunger to return before you eat again. This probably will give you plenty of time to prepare your next meal as hunger will return slowly and helps in weight loss. You should also remember that this may also lead to overeating; therefore, be mindful that you eat only when hungry and what you eat is healthy and not a bowl of extra calories. Needless snacking will stall your weight loss.
Eating on schedule
If you are in a practice to eat at regular intervals, even when you are not hungry, you are simply piling up the already stacked stomach which eventually leads to restoring of the extra fuel as body fat. When you suppress your hunger and wait for your next mealtime, the blood sugar levels in your body drop, and you end up grabbing anything your hand gets on. Well, it may also help you avoid extreme hunger and overeating. Our bodies can really adapt to anything. Eat as per your body clock and if you don’t feel the urge to eat, don’t. The best is to eat while you are moderately hungry so that the right nutrients can go inside and perform better.
Eating time-based and eating instinct-based, both are correct in their own sense. It is important that you understand the goal and what your body needs. Create a balance between both time and urge and eat smart. If you eat three meals a day, it should be full of nutrients and make you feel healthy. If you opt for six meals a day, they should be small and healthy to keep your calorie intake in check.
By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali