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Is eating smaller, more frequent meals better if you are overweight?

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Five to six small meals per day may be ideal. Research has found that people who eat two meals or less during the day have a slower metabolic rate (the speed at which your body burns calories) than those who eat three or more times a day.

Eating frequently will also keep your blood sugar levels constant, so you don't feel irritable or overly hungry. Sometimes, eating a diet high in carbs and sweets causes your blood sugar level to spike, then drop dramatically. When it drops, you might feel cranky, tired, and extremely hungry.

From: Overweight Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health'sWeight-control Information Network. U.S. Department of Agriculture's mypyramid: "Steps to a Healthier You."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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