Roller coasters are known for their climbs and their falls; the higher they climb, the faster they fall. The same thing is true for blood glucose levels. Shortly after eating, blood glucose (one of our bodies fuels) rises about 50% above normal fasting levels.
Just like a roller coaster’s ups and downs, small meals result in smaller rises and falls in blood glucose levels, while larger meals result in bigger ones. While a sharp rise and fall on a roller coaster may thrill you, this destructive pattern of over fueling not only zaps energy, it affects mood, attention span, body composition, and productivity.
Blood glucose levels must come back down to the normal range within two hours after eating (higher levels are indicative of diabetes). That’s why big meals don’t result in more energy. The body must bring the blood glucose down within that two hour window. And where do you think those extra calories of fuel go to? Your fat cells!
Big meals don’t give you more energy. They don’t provide you with energy for a longer period of time. They just make you fatter! So instead of eating one or two large meals a day, eat smaller meals throughout the day to provide you with the energy you need for those next few hours.