Meal timing is far less relevant that most people are aware of. This is not to say that it should be neglected. However, unless you are training for a bodybuilding show that requires ultra-low levels of body fat or a competitive athlete, stressing about eating every few hours is hardly part of a successful fat loss strategy.
Is It Truly Necessary to Eat Every Few Hours to Lose Fat
The average IIFYM person eats 3 or 4 meals per day. Anything more than 5 meals per day becomes pointless. Even for the competitive bodybuilder or physique model, 5 meals per day is too much. According to current research data, eating every 3 hours DOES NOT increase metabolism or help burn fat at a rate greater than 2, 3 or 4 meals per day.
There is absolutely no metabolic reason to eat more than 3 meals per day, or to eat every few hours!
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