Does more meals speed up the metabolism?
For sure you have heard that to lose weight or maintain a slim figure it is better to eat more, but smaller meals, because such a procedure speeds up the metabolism. These recommendations, like the mantra, are repeated by most dieters and trainers. Are they right? No.
Today is short but important
It is true that digestion of a meal is associated with a slight increase in the rate of metabolism. This phenomenon is called the thermal effect. However, the amount of energy expended by the body on digestion depends on the amount of food received, not on the number of portions.
Therefore, eating 3 meals a day with calories of 500 kcal each will give the same thermal effect as eating 6 meals with a calorie of 250 kcal each.
This phenomenon has been proved by a number of scientific studies. So you can definitely say that people who are slimming do not have to eat 5 or 6 meals each day if they do not like it. Three meals a day are enough. On the other hand, there can be as many as 10, if only they were healthy and the sum of their caloric content does not exceed a certain level.
We would humbly mention that our diet plans from the beginning of the portal give you the opportunity to choose the number of meals – you do not want to eat 5 times a day, you do not have to! With us you can eat 3, 4 or 5 times a day.
In order not to be groundless, we quote a study confirming the fact described above
- Bellisle F, et al. Meal frequency and energy balance. British Journal of Nutrition, 1997.
- Cameron JD, et al. Increased meal frequency does not exceed the weight of the 8-week equi-energetic energy-restricted diet. British Journal of Nutrition, 2010.