Why eating 6 meals a day or eating late night means nothing in the long run.

I am sure if you have dabbled in the world of fitness and especially nutrition you have under countless ways to help increase your metabolism and stave off fat. If so, I'd also wager you have heard of the principle of eating 6 meals a day to assist your metabolic functions and "stoke the fire" so to speak. This is thought to be effective based on the idea that if you consume small meals every 2 to 3 hours during your eating window usually between times around 8am to 8pm you will decrease the likelihood of a metabolic spike resulting in the conversion of the food you consume becoming stored fat. In addition, keeping you constantly digesting which is a very calorie consuming bodily function. Seems to be pretty straight forward and effective on paper. The defense of not eating after dark is that your metabolism slows at night as you won't digest the food we'll enough thus leading to fat storage. 

However, studies have shown that the difference metabolically from 1 meal a day up to 17 meals a day eaten at different times of the day morning or night was absolutely minimal. Even before I came across this study I always preached smaller eating windows and few meals. Ideally, practicing the principles of intermediary fasting push back breakfast. Fasting in this manner allows you to extend your fast from your night of sleeping which you burn the most of your stored fat. This occurs because you can only be in one system or the other adding on to the body (anabolic) or cutting away from the body (catabolic). Once you consume food you no longer are fasting or in a catabolic state which is where you cut into your stored fat. The usefulness of consuming the majority of my calories later in the day  promotes rest and recovery at night. 

Additionally, when consuming the majority of your food at the end of the day and allowing more time in the morning to let your digestive system rest making your digestive system more efficient, improves immune health by not having to sacrifice probiotics and microbes in the stomach, and is also linked to improved longevity. More about intermittent fasting, a smaller eating windows and how it can help you improve your performance have outlined here. I invite you to take into practice fewer meals throughout the day, eaten at a later time, with the majority of the calories from those meals being consumed is late into the day as possible preferably after your training.

The old myth of having to eat six or eight meals a day to achieve weight loss has been debunked. It is not necessary to make eating more difficult than it should be. It is a normal natural process and should be as easy to perform as drinking water or breathing air. 

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