Meal Frequency, Does It Matter?
‘A business responds to the simple and basic rules of frequent and consistent hard work, so to will our body’
The ‘quality’ and ‘quantity’ of the foods we eat contribute significantly to weight/fat loss potential. Lets look into the questionable element of ‘frequency’ of your food consumption and how this can work for and against you.
There is little to no research in this area however my experience of working with clients over the past 20 years has shown there are certainly benefits. Think of ‘frequency’ as your awareness to respond to hunger not so much how many meals per day.
Thermogenesis or heat production produced via the digestion of the food we consume = energy (calories) burned. This coupled with ‘quality’ (lean proteins and fibrous veggies) and the right ‘quantities’ (portions) you have a winning formula whether you eat 3, 4 or 5 meals per day.
Here’s a great analogy – Its winter and to keep warm you light a fire, (this is breakfast) – the fire is raging and throwing out heat (burning energy) – some time later the fire burns down and needs to be stoked – you have a choice, put a log on the fire (have a snack or lunch) or let it burn out (deprive yourself despite the sayin’ ‘I’m hungry’ = a sweet craving later on). You see the picture right… stoke the fire, satisfy hunger and potentially burn more calories or ignore it leading your metabolism and hormonal status to less than optimal and diminishing results.
- Always have breakfast
- Eat when your body signals hunger
- Be consistent
- Stop eating at least 2 hours before bed