Is it better to have 5 small meals a day or just 3 times a day?

Amy Campbell


The answer is “it depends.” Many people find that they are better able to manage both their blood glucose and hunger levels by eating smaller meals more frequently during the day. Other people prefer to stick with three meals a day rather than trying to fit snacks into their eating schedule. One way to decide what would work best for you is to take note of your current eating schedule. For example, if you eat breakfast at 6 am but don’t eat lunch until 1 pm, you probably would benefit from having a small snack mid-morning. Doing so will help keep your blood glucose levels more stable in-between meals and can help prevent overeating at the next meal. Talk with your healthcare provider or dietitian about what would work best for you, taking into account your schedule, your own eating style and any diabetes medicine that you take.