Breakfast, lunch and dinner, interspersed with two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This is the ideal division of food throughout the day. And don't think that giving up snacks is a good way to lose weight.
Far from it: 5-6 hours of "fasting" between main meals is too much, you not only risk sitting at the table with excessive hunger, but also throwing yourself on the most caloric foods. Some studies of theImperial College London.
British researchers (thanks to magnetic resonance imaging) looked at the brains of people who had skipped lunch and found that the lack of food, activating the brain areas linked to the reward, pushes to give in to the sins of gluttony. Welcome, then, the hunger-breakers.
The important thing (as with all meals) is not to overdo it. The snack mid-morning and afternoon snack should each provide 5-10% of the daily energy in practice between 75 and 150 calories if you are following a weight loss diet.
This is the amount you need to make the most of your work or study, without loss of attention or concentration, and to manage your appetite well and resist sudden hunger pangs. Not only. Snacks also contribute to mood stability.
If the fast is prolonged, and the blood sugar level drops too much, the presence of decreases insulin (which has the role of keeping blood sugar constant), while the adrenaline and cortisol levels increase, the so-called "stress hormones”Which stimulate the desire to eat, to the disadvantage of line.