Meal timing is back in the spotlight lately. I discuss this topic in today’s video about nutrition.
The discussion revolves around the claim in the bodybuilding world that it is better for fat burning and metabolism boosting to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day separated by 3 hours. The idea behind this approach is that the metabolism will be revved up all day long as the body works hard to digest the food being given to it. There are still others who claim that just eating consistently 3 times a day will have the same benefits as eating 5 to 6 small meals each day. Who is right and why?
Rather than get into a huge debate on the topic (something I could do if I so desired), I approach this from the standpoint of who has the most to lose if they are wrong. If we say that the 3 meals a day camp is Option A and the 5 to 6 meals a day camp is Option B, what happens if Option A is wrong? Well, all those who adhere to Option A will not be experiencing maximum fat loss. However, if Option B is wrong, they will still gain the same benefits as those who adhere to Option A. Thus, it appears that Option A has the most to lose in this situation. I’d rather err on the side of caution in this instance.