Fit tip: Should I eat more often?

Q. A friend said I should eat more meals a day, but I'm trying to lose weight. What's the logic behind eating more frequently?

A: Eating six small meals a day helps regulate blood sugar and control cravings and keeps hunger at bay. As long as you choose the right foods and watch portion sizes, this meal strategy can help you lose weight while keeping you energized. But it's not for everyone, especially if you have trouble controlling the amount you eat or if you don’t have time to plan and prepare healthy snacks and meals.

Remember, weight comes off when you consume fewer calories than you expend. Each small meal should include lean or low-fat protein, fiber and a little healthy fat. For good nutrition, try to include at least one fruit or veggie in each mini-meal.

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