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Snack to shape up

If you are looking for a fail-safe formula to lose weight and stay fit, experts suggest that you should eat small portions of food several times a day. Here’s why we tell you.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 05, 2011 01:01 IST

If you are looking for a fail-safe formula to lose weight and stay fit, experts suggest that you should eat small portions of food several times a day. Here’s why we tell you.

Advantages of small and frequent meals:

Keeps you energised: A a few hours after eating, when the energy imbibed from the meal is used up, our body requires us to refuel it. Thus proper snacking ensures that you feel energetic and healthy even at the end of the day.

Keeps blood Sugar levels under control: When we eat, the food, especially the carbohydrates in it, are converted into energy. Long gaps between meals results in the fluctuating levels of high and low blood sugar level. This has a negative impact on our body, which thereby converts energy into fat.

Aids Weight Loss: When you eat frequently, your appetite is under control and you don’t overeat at meals. Your metabolism or the ability to burn calories also remains active

Source of Nutrition: Even though carbohydrates, proteins and fats may be provided in wholesome meals, it is the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids or good fats that can be missing, since they can only be available to you through healthy snacks like fruits, dry fruits and dairy products.

By Leena Mogre, Fitness expert