12 Best Healthy Eating Food Secrets Women with Great Bodies Know
1. Eat 3 Meals Per Day—No Snacking!
Many diet plans push the mini-meal approach that involves eating small portions six to eight times a day. Only problem? Lots of people subscribe to the “six to eight times a day,” but not so much to the “mini-meals.” To make this strategy work, you’d have to keep most of your meals and snacks in the 200 to 300 calorie range. Easy enough for snacks, but that’s generally not going to happen for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast.
Instead, fill up on three meals per day that will keep you satisfied and your energy high. This means no grazing throughout the day, even on healthy choices like carrots and dip. Research backs up this strategy: A 2012 study found that women who ate three meals a day had lower fat in their bloods than those who ate six, even with the same total daily calories. Give yourself only three opportunities to eat, and you’ll slash the chances of overeating and gaining weight.