By Avril Young, Registered Dietitian, LDN, NASM CPT

Instead, eat at regular intervals throughout the day. Past research has said that eating throughout the day ensures that your metabolism stays high all day, however new research no longer supports this. Should you still eat throughout the day? Definitely. Going long periods of time could lead to one or both of the following: 1. You get too hungry and the Oreos on the counter next to the apples seem like the best choice, or 2. You get too hungry and overeat. Both of these results negatively impact your goal of losing fat. So, how many meals should you eat? There is no magic rule – it depends on your schedule and your body. Try not to go more than 5 hours without eating and get used to listening to your body. Have pre-planned snacks available so when you start to get hungry, you have something you feel good about eating and that supports your goal of fat loss. I’ll spend more time on what to eat in future posts.