This video clip from a licensed and registered dietitian and nutritionist Charlotte Lawson, who works with the Florida Department of Health’s nutrition division as a senior public health nutritionist.

Charlotte offers some tips on how to eat small meals through out the day. A typical ideal diet would have about 6 small meals, each comprising of about 300 – 400 calories each. This of course depends on your calorie needs. A standard western meal ends up being 3 larger meals a day.

The benefits of eating smaller meals throughout the days is that it makes your metabolism run high, allowing your body to run at an efficient level. Imagine your metabolism is a fire. It takes a bit more effort to get a fire started, but once it is started it is very easy to maintain. For example having a bigger breakfast in the morning is a great way to kick start your metabolism.

Smaller meals throughout the day can be the logs that keep your fire going – that being your metabolism. The whole idea is to feed your fire so that it is constantly running, constantly burning. This will help you burn excess fat, keep your energy levels up and reduce the chance of that dreaded afternoon fatigue.

When eating more frequent meals, watch your portion sizes and your calorie intake.

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