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Advice around how many meals you should eat each day can become confusing, with some experts recommending 'little and often' and others advising the more traditional 3 meals a day.
The UK’s National Health Service recommends sticking to the norm.
It suggests eating 3 meals a day and having a healthy snack (such as fruit, nuts or low-fat yoghurt) in between if you’re hungry. This should maintain your energy levels -- and your weight.
Try not to skip meals, as you may end up eating more in the evening or reaching for unhealthy snacks as you’re too hungry to prepare a balanced meal. This can lead to weight gain.
Studies also suggest that having a full, balanced breakfast and eating your largest meal in the morning can help you maintain a healthy weight in the long-term.
If you do eat 3 regular meals a day, you’re also likely to need smaller portions, which can help you keep a healthy weight.
You gain weight if you consume more calories than you burn, so it's important to:
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