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The time span between meals and/or snacks depends on quite a few factors and is not written in stone. One of the most relevant factors is how how long your day is??? If you have a very long day (i.e. rising at 05:00 and only going to sleep after 22:00) then you may need to have more snacks at regular intervals to keep you going than if you have a relatively short day. According to the latest edition of my nutrition reference book, "optimum function of the human gastrointestinal tract seems to depend on a constant supply of foods rather than on consumption of large amounts of foods interrupted by prolonged fasts." Generally speaking 6 smaller meals per day should be adequate for most individuals unless you participate in extreme physical activity. Thus for a standard 16 hour day this would mean eating foods every 2-4 hours. If you have your breakfast at 06:00, a snack at 09:30, lunch at 12:30, a snack at 15:30, dinner at 18:30 and a light snack (a glass of flow-fat milk) at 21:30 then you would obtain maximum benefit from your foods and also be able to go to bed and sleep immediately after your evening drink of milk without negative effects (provided you are not allergic or intolerant to milk?).
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