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3 Square Meals a Day

Posted on 01/24/2012

There's been a long-standing belief for as long as I can remember that three square meals a day is what makes up a healthy, balanced diet. Then, not too long ago, there were new recommendations that went against it by advising people to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Well, now that is being questioned according to a new study that questions which is better or more effective for those seeking to lose weight.

The new study focuses on the effectiveness of weight loss in comparing the "old fashioned" 3 meals a day plan to a 5 or 6 meals a day plan. Dieters in the group saw no difference if they ate 3 or 6 meals per day. It is all about calories, remember that dear readers!

No wonder so many people are so confused about what to eat or how to eat! Conflicting information and misinformation is often to blame for such confusion. I understand! Let me try to help clear it up for you.

The basics of nutrition is pretty simple. Nutrition is to provide your body with energy (calories) or fuel, to power you through the day and night, so you are able to accomplish work, tasks and play. Without proper nutrition, you are not providing your body with what it needs to function efficiently and properly.

If you want to maintain your current weight, then you should control your calories and be sure to burn as many as you consume each and every day. If you want to lose weight, then you should burn more calories each and every day than you consume. If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.

With obesity statistics what they are, it is so important to understand these basics. About one-third of U.S. adults are now considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are 12 states where 30 percent or more of the adult population is obese.

Also another popular question I hear is about the time of day that's best to eat. Eat when you want and when your body tells you to eat. It doesn't matter when you eat, rather the total calories you take in every day versus how many calories you burn each day. So, if you prefer to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day rather than 3 meals a day, go for it. Just keep the calories in tact and do not go over your allotment, otherwise you will gain weight.

Calories in versus calories out, I've been saying it for longer than I can remember!

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Now, a quick Slim Down Contest update for you...as of week 2 our 10 contestants have lost a total of 155.25 pounds! Way to go, keep it up! You all are doing an amazing job staying the course and heading towards your goal weights. I can't wait to update readers next week on your week 3 progress!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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