Day 6: How Often you Eat: Does it Matter?
Do you know people who like to graze or eat small amounts often? Human digestive systems are in fact not biologically built for this way of eating (with some exceptions). Learn how to stop grazing to improve your digestive health today.
Grazing, as a rule is not meant for humans. You know the way cows and sheep consistently eat grass throughout the day? Cows and Sheep are ruminants, which means they have one stomach with different compartments in it, to help digest grass and other plants that they eat. So it doesn’t make much sense to eat like a cow or a sheep when the human digestion system is set up a completely different way.
Adult humans seldom have good reason to eat more than 2-3 times a day. Although this can change for certain types of people like an intense athletes or people with special health needs. However, what’s important is that you are truly hungry before you eat (see Day 1), and each meal should be wholesome and nutritious.
Allowing time between meals allows the stomach to empty completely, which after a proper meal with the right amount of fats and proteins, takes about 3-4 hours. Eating again before it’s finished emptying not only prevents partially digested food emptying the stomach, but what is left behind can start fermenting.
Think about it this way: if you keep snacking, breakfast may still be in there at dinner time!