Incorporating any new change into your life takes a little bit of work. In the beginning it will take a little bit of planning, but before you know it your new eating schedule will become a habit. Because most of us are beings of routine, it won’t take long before eating four to five times a day will be second nature to you.
You are going to have to take the initiative to plan atleast some of your meals for the day. This doesn’t mean that you have to physically prepare all or any of your food, but it does mean that you have to be prepared with healthy options. You can pick easy items up at the grocery store, you can take leftovers from dinner the night before, you can buy already prepared meals, etc. Whatever you choose, it is your responsibility to take the few minutes to always have something nutritious available for you to eat. This way you won’t find yourself at the mercy of poor options when it comes time for you to refuel your body.
My number one suggestion would be to have a pretty consistent schedule day in and day out for when you eat. This way your eating times will become routine. If you have a consistent time that you eat lunch everyday, it would probably be best to schedule the rest of your meals and snacks around this time. For instance, lets say you eat lunch everyday around 1 o’clock. If this is so, then you are going to want to have a snack around 10 am (3 hrs. before) and have breakfast between 6 and 7 am (3-4 hrs. before your snack). You would do the same thing for your afternoon meals, as well. Since you ate lunch at 1 pm, your mid day snack would ideally be between 4 to 5 pm (this snack is going to be even more important for those individuals that decide to workout in the evening after work) and dinner would be no later than 8 pm.
Some people see eating 4 to 5 times throughout the day as an inconvenience. I bet some of these same people don’t have any problem taking 5, 10, or even 15 breaks to smoke a cigarette during the day. Personally, the more times I get to eat during the day the happier I am and the better I feel. Remember that eating more times doesn’t mean eating more food. You have to prioritize what is really important to you. If you are interested in improving your eating habits, incorporating smaller more frequent meals into your day is a pretty small inconvenience (and I am only saying inconvenience because we are talking about just starting this routine, after it becomes routine it will be second nature) for the results it will yield.