For the past decade, there has been a huge push within the industry for people to eat multiple meals per day. It was believed that doing so would increase your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories throughout the day. The truth is, that’s really not the case. A recent study for the University of Ottawa found that increasing your meals to 6 per day had no additional advantage to 3 per day on your metabolism.
Great, so all our time dividing up our meals was completely wasted, right? Not quite. There are some major advantages to splitting up your meals periodically throughout the day, especially if you live a physically fit and active lifestyle. Here are some of the great REAL-LIFE benefits to eating more often:
1. Steady Supply of Nutrients: When you workout, you essentially break down the muscle tissue. When this happens, it needs to be restored. It cannot be restored properly without proper eating habits, unless you are a genetic freak. This is why working out is essentially pointless without a proper nutrition plan. Eating every 2-3 hours will supply your body with a steady amount of vitamins and nutrients to repair muscle tissue and supply a great source of energy.
2. Less Often = More Hungry: The longer your body is deprived of nutrients, the hungrier you get. When your blood sugar drops, it sends your hormones into a state of chaos which eventually leads to you overeating. But that shouldn’t matter, right? Dead wrong. When you’re starving for nutrients, your body is going to pressure you into choosing the foods that will regulate the blood stream the quickest, which consists of foods high in simple sugars and fats. Be honest, when was the last time you hadn’t eaten in 5+ hours and were craving grilled salmon with quinoa and asparagus? Additionally, you’ll probably wind up eating more food than you were allotted to have anyway.
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