Should You Eat Three Big Meals Or Many Mini Meals?

The answer might come as a surprise: eating three big ones a day might help you lose more weight than ‘grazing’ all day—this is what new research seems to suggest.

In a study, Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana put overweight and obese men on a thrice-daily meal plan, with high protein and low calorie intake. The result: subjects felt more satisfied and less hungry than when they ate six times a day.

In another study, conducted by the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, volunteers were divided into two groups and studied for 12 weeks. One group ate only two meals: breakfast and lunch. The other ate six small meals a day. Both groups lost weight, but surprisingly, it was the group that ate only two meals that lost more!

The explanation offered by experts is simple: the more times you eat during the day, the more amounts you are likely to eat.

However, eating only two meals a day is not practical for many Americans, especially those who find time to eat a ‘proper’meal only in the evening. For them, as for anyone wanting to shed the extra pounds, experts advise choosing low-calorie foods at dinner and upping the amount of daily exercise.

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Eva H.
Eva H4 years ago

Thank you.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago

I am borderline diabetic and need to eat small meals and often to keep my blood sugar even. Having said that, I have noticed recently that my small meals are getting larger! So I need to watch that!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Tanya W.
Tanya W4 years ago


Colin Hope
Colin Hope4 years ago

Thank you........ very interesting!!

Chloe R.
Chloe R4 years ago


Sandra A.
Sandra A4 years ago

We should only eat when the body requires refuelling, and remember to not over fill the tank, lest it explode.

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K4 years ago

I can see the wisdom in what the article says, but in any event, if one is trying to lose weight, the person is supposed to be learning portion control whether it's six times or twice when they eat. Thanks.

S Fox
S Fox4 years ago

I read 'Eat to Live' by Joel Fuhrman M.D. He actually explains this concept, of just eating three meals a day, a little easier. Thank you for the article.

Dianne T.
Dianne T4 years ago

It depends on who you are and how you can best maintain a healthy weight.