“You should eat 6 small meals a day, drink plenty of water”.
That’s easier said than done and even if you manage to squeeze meals every two-three hours in your schedule is this the best approach to nutrition?
For the past several years, the media has been promoting the concept that you need to eat small meals every few hours to drop fat and keep your metabolism running.
“Makes you a fat-burning furnace”, they say.
But very few people have ever actually stopped to question the preposterous idea that eating more often will help you lose weight.
So how about we turn to what the research says?
DOES meal frequency have an impact on the calories you burn in a day?
You see from an evolutionary standpoint that is unacceptable. Due to the availability of the food nowadays media leads us to believe it is essential to eat every couple of hours to “speed up our metabolism”.
“Eat some more food, please! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!”
More consumption better for them. And what happens when a guy who has never counted calories in his entire life starts eating 6 times a day?
Calories quickly pack leading to a weight gain rather than fat loss because you don’t know exactly how much calories each meal has.
And what is the end result?
- Your muscles are getting bigger but they’ve become droopy and “puffy” instead of solid and defined
- You’re losing the coveted “V-shape” as your waist becomes thicker
- Your face becomes round – even chubby-looking – instead of having the sharp, angular jaw line
- Your clothes aren’t fitting as well as they did, either.
The buttons on your shirt buckle under the strain when you sit down, making you feel like you have to constantly suck in. Your jeans are tight across the thighs, which feels constricting and unpleasant.
You actually, look worse than before you started…
But there is a cure for that.
Eating fewer, tailored to your needs meals.
This study here actually points out the benefits that intermittent fasting has on our bodies and eating few times a day actually gives you the ability to tap to your stored fat ketones for energy.
And that’s why our focus is not on how many “meals” we’re going to have throughout the day but rather the quantity of the food.
You might eat 2 or 3 times, sometimes 4, tailor the nutrition to your lifestyle, not the other way around. And that’s exactly what we do here.