Eat Smart

Snack away for faster metabolism

by Liz LaBeau, blogger

Who doesn’t love the idea of eating more? Recent studies have shown that eating smaller, more frequent meals can effectively boost your metabolism.

If you’re looking to try it, follow this simple schedule: Breakfast as soon as you wake up, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner and a snack about an hour before bedtime. By following an eating pattern similar to this, you keep your metabolic rate up and constantly working, and your blood sugar levels will stay elevated. Plus, you will maintain stable energy levels, which means no late-afternoon sugar crash.

Eating more frequent, smaller meals, however, will not be effective without a nutritious diet. A diet of healthy meals filled with nutrients for proper nutrition. According to Leigh Gantner, PhD, RD and professor of nutrition at Syracuse University, all Americans need to be consuming at least five fruits and veggies a day. One to three servings with each meal is ideal; half your plate should be plant products, with another quarter being a starch, and a last quarter being an animal protein.

A good balance of carbohydrates, protein and veggies is healthy for all meals and snacks. Snacks should be about 100 calories. Take me for, for example: I am on an active exercise/strength training regimen, working out 6 times a week and eating about 1700 calories per day. It may not be the right plan for everyone, but maybe it will give you some ideas.