Why should you eat 6 small meals a day?

Eating 6 small meals helps you control your blood sugar level and your weight.

When people want to lose weight, they have a tendency to fast, which pushes them into terrible hungers. To people who are obese or diabetic, this is a really unpleasant campaign. 

However, fasting is not a smart choice for the body. A balanced diet and a proper distribution of meals are the key to solve the problem. 

In addition, you are advised not to eat too much food in one meal, but to divide your day into 6 small meals, which has almost become a rule for dieters. 

Eating 6 meals a day instead of the traditional 3 meals can help you stabilize your blood sugar, achieve your weight goals and reduce the feeling of hunger.  

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Even when you do not need to lose weight, you should still break down big meals of the day. Photo: Hindustan Times. 

Not only are small meals good for weight loss, but they also help control the blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. 

Researchers from Agricultural University of Athens (Greece) examined 47 obese people who were pre-diabetic or had type 2 diabetes. The group of researchers found out that people who had several small meals controlled their blood sugar levels better than those who ate only three meals a day. 

The researchers have come to the conclusion that people who ate six times a day showed a decrease in glycated hemoglobin and blood glucose levels, which means that the blood sugar was controlled much better. 

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Eating six small meals a day, instead of the traditional three meals, can help you achieve your weight loss goals as well as improve your blood sugar levels. Photo: Independent. 

Dr. Emilia Papakonstantinou, head of the research group, said: " Using a six-meal pattern instead of three-meal, while containing the same overall calories, improved blood sugar control and reduced hunger in obese people with prediabetes or full-blown diabetes.” 

Dr. Papakonstantinou added: “These results suggest that increased frequency of meals, consumed at regular times, may be a useful tool for doctors treating subjects with obesity and diabetes or prediabetes, especially those who are reluctant or unsuccessful dieters.” 

According to the statistics, in 2015, there were about 415 million people all over the world suffered from diabetes. It is estimated that by 2040, the number will increase to 642 million, accounting for about 10% of the adult population. Diabetes is a dangerous disease; however, it can be totally prevented if you maintain a good living habit, and you can start now by trying having 6 small meals everyday.

By: Chris Stewart

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