Do you NEED to eat 3 meals a day?

By Ashleigh Kidd, RD, LDN | September 2022

If you’re reading this you’re either thinking “Of course! I would be starving if not!” Or you might be thinking “No, I regularly skip (insert meal here)”. Regardless of your answer, we’re going to take a dive into each of these patterns and how they affect how we feel daily and over time. 

With different fasting methods, and intense food/calorie restriction typically being doted on as the right and familiar answer to achieving your health goals, there can be some confusion on which approach to take.

Here’s the tea:

Do you have to eat three meals a day? The short answer is no….you don’t HAVE to. However, the vast majority of people feel their best having three meals a day, eating about every 3-4 hours (+ snacks when needed). If you are looking for a small step to improve your nutrition, I highly recommend you starting here. 

So what happens when we skip meals or under-fuel?

These are just a few of the reasons why eating consistently throughout the day is beneficial for just about everyone. Changing the way you’ve approached or thought about something for years is difficult, and developing new habits won’t happen overnight. Show yourself some grace and start with your favorite breakfast tomorrow. You can always refer back to our recipe library on the app for meal inspo and recipes.