Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 43

health & wellbeing Eating more meals to lose weight: Fact or Fiction? by Fiona Kane Informed Health Is it true that you should eat 6 meals per day? In my opinion, the answer is no. Here are my thoughts about the practice. We have all heard that apparently, we should eat six meals per day, not leaving more than three or four hours between meals so we can avoid our blood sugar levels dropping too low, especially if we want to lose weight or manage our blood sugar levels well - does that sound familiar? The truth is, the most likely reason your blood sugar will drop substantially within 1-4 hours after a meal is if your meal was very high in refined carbohydrates and sugar and low in protein, fibre and fat. For example, if during a typical day you eat cereal, low fat milk and juice, a pasta dish, a salad sandwich/roll and an iced tea, a muffin/banana bread etc., these foods tend to be high in carbohydrates/ sugar and very low in protein and possibly fat (particularly good fats). 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