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Friday, 18 November 2016 11:26

Will eating more frequently boost my metabolism?

Will eating 5-6 times a day will boost my metabolism?

This is a common myth that has been floating around for a while that is said to help us boost our metabolism, and enhance our fat burning and improve our weight loss efforts all in one. Unfortunately, there is no difference between eating 5-6 small meals a day compared to 3 meals a day!

When energy intakes (calories and kilojoules) are the same, how often you eat doesn’t really matter. Different meal frequencies does play a role depending on your goal.

Scenario 1: A woman trying to lose weight would generally be eating between 1200-2000 calories a day. Split over 6 meals, that’s 200-300 calories (i.e. not a whole of a food). This person is likely never to really feel full and will likely be hangry all the time! In this case, it would likely be better to eat 3 larger meals, that will tide you over to the next meal.

Scenario 2: Conversely, a man trying to put on weight and/or muscles may need towards 3000-4000 calories a day. Eating this amount of food in 3 big meals may be hard to palate and hence make sense to divide into 5-6 meals of 500-650 calories.

That said, you need to do what works for you depending on your lifestyle. It all comes down to personal preference. A potential downside of eating many small meals a day is that it can lead to over eating. On the flipside, when well controlled, smaller meals may also be a good means to ensure we don’t over-eat at our main meals. Eat to suit your own preferences, but make sure you control for the right amount of energy to help you reach your goals.


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