Everyone eats different amounts at different times during the day. It all depends on our bodies and our schedules.
I like small meals with small snacks sprinkled in between, but my husband is the total opposite. He might not eat anything all day and then he’ll have a giant dinner. Maybe you’re a teacher on your feet all day and barely have time to eat until school gets out. Maybe you’re traveling for work and you are eating throughout the day as you meet with clients. Does the difference matter?
For a long time I was telling my husband that it wasn’t healthy to just do one big meal per day, and that he should really be eating small meals over the course of the day. But he has been living like this since college and is a fit, healthy man. So what gives?
I did my research regarding the “eat many small meals” theory because I started to wonder about the reasoning behind it. Turns out, it’s (mostly) crap.
If I was given a basket of food to eat for the day, it wouldn’t make much difference if I ate it all at once or spread it out over the day because I am consuming the same amount of calories and nutrients.
However, nutritionists still do suggest eating small meals over the day in place of 1-3 larger meals because irregular eating patterns and skipped meals can lead overeating or even binge eating.
If you’re interested, here are the studies I read that support this idea: