05 Nov Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Meal Frequency and Eating Between Meals
QUESTION; I was wondering if there is any evidence as to whether the traditional three meals per day is better than, for example, one or two meals per day. Or is it better to eat several meals per day? If you are not hungry and wanting to lose weight, is there any drawback to skipping a meal (assuming that you don’t overdo on the next meal)?
There is really little to any well-done credible science to support the theory that there is a difference between eating 3-5 meals per day, 1-2 meals per day or just consuming regular small snacks all day. Likewise, the time of day that you consume your food, does not matter either.
While you often here of the advantages of several small meals over less larger meals, as long as total calories are restricted, there is not really a big difference and some recent studies in animals have shown that less frequent meals may have some advantages. There are studies being done where the animal are fed every other day (EOD) or once a day.