Eating 6 small meals throughout the day

So i am coming across a couple of different belief systems. Some say that eating small meals throughout the day does nothing for your metabolism, while others say that it does.

What are your thoughts?
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  • Chrisparadise579
    Chrisparadise579 Posts: 411 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.
  • loulamb7
    loulamb7 Posts: 801 Member
    I eat 5 to 6 times a day, 3 meals and 2-3 snacks. I try to keep a balance of nutrients (Carbs/Proteins/Fats) for each but am not overly obsessive. This seems to help me avoid feeling hungry and snacking more often.
  • grantwashere
    grantwashere Posts: 171 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    no.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24299050
  • megan116xo
    megan116xo Posts: 40 Member
    I am the same as Loulamb, I have 3 meals and 2 snacks. This helps to keep me fool and not snack on junk!
  • vismal
    vismal Posts: 2,463 Member
    For basic weight loss, muscle gain, getting healthy, etc, nutrient timing is meaningless. Totals for the day/week are what matter. There are certain advanced situations such as endurance training when timing becomes important. Here, look at this fancy chart:
    nutrient-timing-table_r4-01-1024x837.png
  • PikaKnight
    PikaKnight Posts: 34,971 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    No. Meal timing has been debunked.

    OP, if 6 smaller meals works for you, then go with that. I know people that do this as well as others that do 5 meals and at least one that just does 2 large meals (with no snacks in between).

    Personally, I have found I do better with 2 large meals and some snacks. Just give it a try for 2-3 weeks to see if more meals versus less works for you.
  • una2282
    una2282 Posts: 48 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    I did not know that. Thank you!
  • una2282
    una2282 Posts: 48 Member
    For basic weight loss, muscle gain, getting healthy, etc, nutrient timing is meaningless. Totals for the day/week are what matter. There are certain advanced situations such as endurance training when timing becomes important. Here, look at this fancy chart:
    nutrient-timing-table_r4-01-1024x837.png

    That makes perfect sense. It also makes me feel better for not being able to follow a schedule. I can see how it is crucial for endurance and muscle building.
  • una2282
    una2282 Posts: 48 Member

    No. Meal timing has been debunked.

    OP, if 6 smaller meals works for you, then go with that. I know people that do this as well as others that do 5 meals and at least one that just does 2 large meals (with no snacks in between).

    Personally, I have found I do better with 2 large meals and some snacks. Just give it a try for 2-3 weeks to see if more meals versus less works for you.

    I was coming across the issue i read other people had, i'd be super hungry if i eat multiple times a day, but much less so if i only have 3 big meals. That's what prompt me to research this.
  • vismal
    vismal Posts: 2,463 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    I did not know that. Thank you!
    Don't thank him because it isn't true. There is no science whatsoever to support his claims! Protein does not need to be spaced out every 4 hours nor is eating carbs at a specific time going to make a difference for you. Now if you were a pro level bodybuilder on TONS of PEDS those things might matter a little but to the average person, they are meaningless!
  • lemurcat12
    lemurcat12 Posts: 30,886 Member
    OP, if 6 smaller meals works for you, then go with that. I know people that do this as well as others that do 5 meals and at least one that just does 2 large meals (with no snacks in between).

    This. It's not about metabolism, it's that lots of people find it easier to cut calories if they eat more often.

    I dislike having a bunch of small meals or snacks, so I just eat 3 normal-sized meals and have lost fine. My metabolism appears to be operating normally.
  • TheSheepFollower
    TheSheepFollower Posts: 64 Member
    I eat 6 small meal thorough out the day myself! I think that works best for me! But everyone's different so do whatever works for you!
  • La5Vega5Girl
    La5Vega5Girl Posts: 709 Member
    my brother is a personal trainer and he eats at least 6-8 small meals per day. he has the lowest % of body fat of anyone I know.
    that being said, that doesn't work for me. I practice intermittent fasting, where I only eat for 6 hours per day. I do this for a variety of reasons, and I am losing weight. do what works for you :smile:
  • earlnabby
    earlnabby Posts: 8,171 Member
    Whatever works best for you. I eat 5-6 times a day for two main reasons: it keeps my blood sugar level and I have a hiatal hernia so I cannot eat large meals. I find that I am rarely hungry by doing this.
  • Chrisparadise579
    Chrisparadise579 Posts: 411 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    I did not know that. Thank you!
    Don't thank him because it isn't true. There is no science whatsoever to support his claims! Protein does not need to be spaced out every 4 hours nor is eating carbs at a specific time going to make a difference for you. Now if you were a pro level bodybuilder on TONS of PEDS those things might matter a little but to the average person, they are meaningless!

    There is plenty of science to support my claims, multiple studies have been done showing that our bodies can only use around 35-40 g of protein max and 25g minimum to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, also for the spacing of carbs, try it yourself and see what happens there is definitely a noticeable difference. Finally there is no reason to be so aggressive on here, dont tell someone not to thank someone. If you dont believe the science look up biolayne.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,481 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.
    Broscience. Need to look more at actual peer reviewed clinical studies than the muscle magazines. They tell you what you should do so that you as the consumer spend more on their products.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition
  • kelsully
    kelsully Posts: 1,008 Member
    While I do eat 5 times a day...3 meals and 2 snacks I cannot get it my head to eat 6 small meals as my snacks are definitely snacks and my meals are definitely meals..my thoughts when I tried the 6 small meals thing is that I never felt fed, just held over until the next snack and thus I actually found I obsessed about food waiting for the next time I could tide myself over.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 48,481 Member
    Concerning calories, the amount of meals per day does not matter at all but the nutrient timing does. For instance you can better use protein if it is spaced out every 4 hours for muscle growth. And its better to eat higher carb levels for breakfast and around your workout time than at night.

    I did not know that. Thank you!
    Don't thank him because it isn't true. There is no science whatsoever to support his claims! Protein does not need to be spaced out every 4 hours nor is eating carbs at a specific time going to make a difference for you. Now if you were a pro level bodybuilder on TONS of PEDS those things might matter a little but to the average person, they are meaningless!

    There is plenty of science to support my claims, multiple studies have been done showing that our bodies can only use around 35-40 g of protein max and 25g minimum to stimulate muscle protein synthesis, also for the spacing of carbs, try it yourself and see what happens there is definitely a noticeable difference. Finally there is no reason to be so aggressive on here, dont tell someone not to thank someone. If you dont believe the science look up biolayne.
    While Layne Norton is respected amongst the body building community, his research is about 50/50. Remember he works for a bodybuilding magazine/company. Apparently as a natural and you don't think that possibly writing detracting article against whomever he works for (supplement company etc) would get him fired? Dave Palumbo and John Romano were both fired directly (from Muscular Development staff) because they debated with Steve Blechman on a keto issue.:laugh:

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition
  • Azdak
    Azdak Posts: 8,281 Member
    OP, if 6 smaller meals works for you, then go with that. I know people that do this as well as others that do 5 meals and at least one that just does 2 large meals (with no snacks in between).

    This. It's not about metabolism, it's that lots of people find it easier to cut calories if they eat more often.

    I dislike having a bunch of small meals or snacks, so I just eat 3 normal-sized meals and have lost fine. My metabolism appears to be operating normally.

    On this topic, it is important to separate the physiological issues from the behavioral. Physiologically, there is no beneft to eating numerous smaller meals--no increased TEF, no increased metabolism, etc. Behaviorally, there are a number of meal patterns that people can use to increase their adherence if necessary. They are more jedi mind tricks than anything else, but they do no harm, and might help someone if they believe in the pattern.
  • Kalikel
    Kalikel Posts: 9,626 Member
    I do 2-6 meals, depending on how I feel that day.

    Just do what you like. :)