How long should I wait after a meal before I eat again?
Asked by doodii on Jul 02, 2008 in Nutrition




Answer

You should eat your next meal when you get hungry – not “Mouth Hungry”, which is about taste or emotions - but “Stomach Hungry”, which is about the physical need for food.   Depending on the size and composition of your last meal, you will probably be hungry about 4 – 5 hours later. Growing adolescents and athletes are the exception because they have high calorie requirements and so need to eat every few hours.  Children also get hungry very often because they don’t eat much at one sitting.  Read more about recognizing your hunger  and satiety signals at the Calorie Count Blogs.


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