Do I Have to Eat Five to Six Small Meals ?


Is maintaining a six-small-meals-a-day diet stressing you out? Is it really necessary to eat so frequently? If food is fuel for the body, much like gasoline is for cars, do you fuel-up six times a day? Probably not. The truth is, people who do eat five to six small meals a day, are generally more health conscious. However,  if five to six meals is too frequent, missing a meal or two can actually be beneficial. Periods of fasting (such as intermittent fasting) may lead to decreased risk of inflammation, chronic disease, cancer and obesity. 

Intermittent fasting (IF) is based around the theory of feeding and fasting windows. Fasting for extended periods of time is an ancient concept and is deeply rooted in many religions around the world. Could fasting possibly be the key to unlocking many health benefits, to include hormone regulation and weight loss? According to Nutrition Research (2012), (IF) may lead to increased life expectancy by reducing inflammation caused by stresses placed on the body from overeating and being overweight. Inflammation has also been known to cause cellular damage and increase the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Read more here



Klempel, M., Kroeger, C., Bhutani, S., Trepanowski, J., & Varady, K. (2012). Intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in obese women. Nutrition Journal1198. doi:10.1186/1475-2891-11-98

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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