How Long Should I Wait Between Meals?

My name is Holly Hierman your online health and fitness coach and I have a tip for you today.

My tip for you today, to continue on your path of health and fitness is to space out your meals appropriately throughout the day. Now, you probably know what your body tends to normally need. For instance: You know what time you typically get hungry in the morning, you know when you have that late afternoon slump (I don’t know if you know what I’m talking about, but I tend to get it right around that 2 or 3 o’clock hour when I start wanting a coffee or something like that to wake me up…). You know your body better than anybody. So, I want to encourage you to pay a little bit more attention to those cues that are happening within your body and then look at when you’re putting fuel into your body and when you’re putting water into your body too.

Water is critically important. Some days I start feeling really sluggish around 9 o’clock in the morning, and I’m like: “Why do I feel so sluggish?” and I realize all I’ve had is coffee so far, and I hadn’t had any water yet. Just little things like that, you know, continuing to hydrate yourself throughout the day is really gonna be important, but then also realize when you need to refuel your body.

Now, most people who are in the health and fitness industry are going to recommend that you get into a habit of eating every 2 ½ – 3 hours. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to do the math. I try to aim for that 3 hour mark; I know that if I eat at 7, the next time I eat is gonna be 10, the next time I eat is gonna be 1 and then 4 and then 7. And it’s that simple! So I get in five meals (or smaller meals) basically, throughout the day, but I’m making sure that I’m eating every three hours.

Now, there are a couple reasons for that: You’re not constantly putting calories in your system because, if you’re constantly putting in your system, (calories), then you’re always going to increase those sugar levels. Right? And they’re going to stay sustained throughout the day. We don’t want that to happen. We need that drop. We need to allow our bodies to come down, start to feel hungry again, and then we can begin to refuel again.

So, that is my biggest tip for you today. Make sure that you are preplanning your food enough to know that you’re going to eat approximately every three hours. Really, really, really do your best not to go beyond that four hour mark, because then your blood sugar is gonna drop dramatically and that just brings on results that you definitely don’t want as well. So, the “sweet spot”: 2 ½ – 3 hours….but as long as you’re in that 3 hour range, not to go beyond the four hour mark, then you should be good to go.

Alright! You have a great day, and if you like this feel free to share with a friend. Bye-bye!

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