This is one of the greatest myths out there and is still being promoted by many fitness experts and personal trainers. For years I heard that to lose weight you need to eat 6 times a day so that you can keep the fires burning. However, eating 3 meals a day as opposed to 6 meals has absolutely no effect on fat loss as long as the number of calories are the same. Metabolic rate is determined by the amount of calories you consume in each meal not the frequency of those meals.
To demonstrate that please refer to the research study below:
In this study, they set out to determine if there was, in fact, an inverse relationship between meal frequency and adiposity. They wanted to determine whether a higher meal frequency (3 meals and 3 snacks) could lead to a greater weight loss than low meal frequencies (3 meals). They split the subjects into 2 separate groups with exactly the same amount of calories per day, for a period of 8 weeks. What they found was that there was a similar decrease in body weight, fat mass and BMI but there were no significant differences between the low meal frequency and high meal frequency group, in regards to adiposity.
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