We know you’ve been hearing for years to eat more frequently, with smaller portions, in order to lose weight. But experts are starting to question this notion because many people who follow the "many small meals" directive simply wind up eating too many calories. According to a recent article published in the Journal of Nutrition, what matters most is your total daily food intake. So pay attention to hunger cues rather than forcing yourself to eat more often than necessary.
Note: some women may require more frequent meals--for instance, for breastfeeding, or if they are diabetic. Ask your doctor how many times a day you should eat.