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Eat Moderate Portions Throughout Your Day

According to research, eating 5-6 times per day is ideal for your metabolism and will help to optimize your energy level throughout the day. Aim for 3 reasonably-sized meals with 2-3 small snacks in between.

Eating every 2-3 hours will prevent excessive hunger that can lead to over-eating for some people.

Listen to your body. Stop eating when you are comfortably full, before you feel stuffed and uncomfortable. Eating frequent, small portions will help you to moderate your intake if you tend to overeat. See below for developing balanced meals and snacks.

The Balanced Plate

dairy side, 1/4 plate protein, 1/2 plate fruits or vegetables, 1/4 plate grains, 1/4 plate Fruits or Grains


1/4 plate eggs, 1/2 plate toast with butter, 1/4 plate berries, yogurt on the side


1/4 plate fruit, 1/2 plate dinner roll, 1/4 plate sausage, pudding on the side


1/4 rice, 1/2 plate chicken, 1/4 plate cookie, milk

Snacks to Go
Meal Planning

Nutrition Links

Additional Nutrition Topics
Registered Dietitian Consultations
Mindful Eating Program
Nutrition Handouts
Nutrition Peer Led Workshops
Hunger and food insecurity - UT Outpost



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