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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Is starvation mode real?
If one was to blow out on the weekend, and then balance out those over consumed calories over the next few days of the week by eating very low to no calories, would this work?