Myth: You Should Eat Small Meals Every Three Hours
As with many other diet tips, this myth was based on observing how thin people eat, and passing their habits along as diet advice. Many thin people do tend to eat frequent small meals, however, most of them don’t check their watch to tell them when to eat — they eat when their body tells them to. Instead of watching the clock, learn the signals your body uses to tell you it’s hungry.
Several studies, including one recent analysis at the University of Texas, have shown that training dieters in the practice of mindful eating, or focusing on the body’s hunger cues, is an effective way to curb overeating.
If you do find that eating every few hours works for your diet, watch your calories to make sure you’re not consuming too many.
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