Snacking: Healthy or Hinderance
Many people swear that you should only eat 3 meals a day. Other feel that snacking in between keeps the metabolism going and is a good thing to do.
I personally feel that 'snacking' is important to the body. BUT, it has to be good healthy, food. I look at snacks as meals actually. I suggest taking your planned menu of food and dividing that into 5 separate 'meals'.
These meals are to consist of protein and a healthy carbohydrate with some good fats along with it.
I recommend 'front loading' meaning that the first 4 meals are the heaviest in amounts especially carbohydrates and the last meal of the day is the lightest with a smaller amount of protein and lighter carbs.
This process of front loading and getting a decent 'meal' at 3-4 o'clock helps the body from being ravenous and grabbing that not so healthy snack. It also allows the body to rest after the dinner meal without having a large meal to digest. This helps with sleep along with fat loss.
Give this a try and see how it feels to you.