Is it better to eat six times per day (3 meals, 2 snacks), or three times per day (3 meals, no snack)? I am a so-called pre-diabetic so I am not getting any help with the answers. I am needing to keep from becoming a full-blown diabetic.

Amy Campbell


There is no one right answer to your question. Some people do better (in terms of managing blood glucose levels and controlling weight) by eating smaller amounts of food more often during the day. Going much longer than 4 hours without eating can sometimes lead to eating too much at the next meal. Also, some studies show that spacing out carbohydrate over the course of the day can help with blood glucose control. My suggestion is for you to consider what your daily routine is like and plan your meals accordingly. For example, if you eat breakfast at 6:30 am and lunch isn’t until 12 pm, it might be a good idea to eat a small snack at about 10 am. Or if you eat lunch at noontime and dinner isn’t until 7 pm, again, plan to eat a snack at about 3 or 4 pm. You might also consider meeting with a dietitian to help you develop an eating plan based on your schedule, your food preferences and your weight goals. He or she can also discuss other ways to help prevent diabetes.