Portion control

So, have you ever tried this method of having mini meals? Mini-meal diets are usually good for shedding extra pounds because they keep the body’s metabolism in check, pushing it to burn calories on a continual basis.

In addition, mini-meal diets are good for those who wants to get rid of overeating. The idea is to eat less in every two or three hours rather than waiting five or six hours between meals.

In planning a mini-meal, one should make sure to include important nutrients in each meal. Protein, carbohydrates and fat should all be there on the plate to maximize the chances of working in the long-term. Beef, eggs and beans are all good sources of protein, while raisins, potatoes and rice all contain healthy amounts of carbohydrates and chicken, cheese and nuts can all be beneficial fat sources.

Saravan Bhavan on Janpath, CP too serves mini meal of Rs 135 and is a hot favourite among the office goers. “It is called the mini tiffin. It has Rava kesari, Rava khirchri (upma), Mini idli and a Mini masala dosa. The sizes are really small but is filling,” says Muruggan, a worker at the restaurant.

Portion control is also key in maintaining a diet based on smaller meals. If one eats as much as during a normal meal six times a day, your diet certainly won’t be effective, so it’s important to know the limits.

“Consistency is another major component of any mini-meal plan. Many successful dieters keep a regular schedule for their meals, eating at approximately the same time each day. You should also prepare meals ahead of time, as mini-meal diets call for more frequent eating times. Accounting for the times you dine out at restaurants is crucial as well, since many establishments offer larger-than-normal servings,” says Akshita Gupta, a dietician.

Because mini-meal diets are relatively unconventional, it’s best that to consult a
doctor before embarking upon one.

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