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Eat Light, Eat Often
This way of life allows you to eat 350-500 calorie meals and 100-150 calorie snacks every few hours, leaving you satisfied and energized. Eating this way keeps your metabolism up, keeps you feeling fuller longer, and prevents overeating at later meals. These all aid in weight loss and weight maintenance, as well as provide increased energy and focus.
Follow these simple guidelines:
- Eat every two to four hours
- Make each main meal 350-500 calories with a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
- Incorporate a 100-150 calorie snack between each meal
- Don’t skip meals!
For each main meal, split your plate to always include grains, protein, and fruits/vegetables. Having all three of these on every plate at every meal will provide you with sustained energy. Make sure that each meal you eat leaves you satisfied but not overly full.
For snacks, incorporate choices that are high in fiber and/or protein such as granola bars, a half an energy bar, hard-boiled egg, low-fat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, fruit, veggies with hummus, lean meat, or a handful of nuts.
Eating light and often is simple and natural. No diet plan, no quick fix, just a healthy and normal way of life. All you have to do is listen to your body’s signals and eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re satisfied. Follow this plan and you’ll be healthy and energized in no time!