“Eat 6 Meals Per Day” Diet Myth Exposed

June 24, 2009 at 11:57 am 1 comment

Now I know a popular diet right now is to “Eat 6 Meals Per Day.” Many people believe that when you skip a meal your body goes into starvation mode. This theory is based upon a misunderstanding of how diet affects your metabolism. Now for some people, they enjoy eating six meals spaced evenly through out the day and it works for them. But I am here to tell you that it’s not the only way to lose body fat and you certainly do not need to eat 6 meals per day!

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Skipping A Meal Does Not Slow Down Your Metabolism!
Prolonged fasting and prolonged reduction of calories is what’s going to trigger the “starvation mode”. Unless your body has been deprived of calories for a long period of time – 24 hours or more, your body does not need to access “starvation mode”. It has also been shown that it takes 2-3 weeks on extremely low calorie diets for your the body to begin adjusting its metabolism.

“Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day”
Contrary to what you may be told, morning is the worst time to eat. When you wake-up, your body is already in an intense detox mode, clearing itself from endotoxins and digestive waste of the past evening meal. During the morning when digestion is fully completed (while you are on empty stomach), a primal survival mechanism is triggered maximizing your body’s capacity to generate energy, be more alert, resist fatigue and resist stress. However, if you eat a normal breakfast you’ll most likely shut down this energy producing system. Therefore instead of spending energy and burning fat, your body will be more geared towards storing energy and gaining fat.

“If You Eat The Majority Of Your Calories At Night, It Turns To Fat”
If you eat an insanely large amount of calories throughout the day, plus a big meal at night, yes it will turn to fat. But if you consume hardly any calories during the day and the majority at night, the opposite occurs. If daily food intake is planned properly and the evening meal turns to be the main meal, then eating late could be highly rewarding. Our body is biologically preprogrammed to work around the circadian clock (active during the day and relaxing at night). For that matter our body digests and utilizes nutrients better at night while at rest, then during the highly stressful hours of the day. Finally, late meals often have a relaxing effect on the body, preparing you for sleep. If nothing else, late meals can help bring a happy end for a tough day.

Bottom Line – Your Metabolic Rate Will Not Increase By Eating Frequently
If you eat 2,000 calories you eat 2,000 calories. When you eat them does not matter as much as how much you are eating, in fact it has been proven that eating one meal at night is more beneficial than during the day. If you like eating 6 meals per day and that feels natural, then by all means go ahead! But if you like eating one or two meals a day, that is completely normal as well. I personally like to eat once or twice a day, I just find that the more I eat during the day, the more food I crave and I end up feeling sluggish.

More Information On This Way Of Eating
If you want to read more about the Warrior Diet, check out my post on it –  Lose Body Fat With Only One Meal Per Day?, or head over to Ori Hofmekler’s Warrior Diet website to read straight from the source!

Comments are appreciated and encouraged, let me know what works for you!

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  • 1. Lorraine  |  July 21, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Seriously? This is the most ridiculous post I’ve ever read. Of course your body doesn’t go into starvation mode if you skip a meal. That’s common sense. And if you eat only one meal a day, even at night…you most likely will lose weight. Think about it. You eat one meal at night, how many calories is in the meal? At the most lets say 1,100. And even that’s a lot for only one meal. But the typical american is supposed to consume 1,500 – 2,200 depending on male/female body ratio, if you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight. You’ll lose weight by your theory, but have fun with health problems in the future. People following your advice will either be starving themselves, or gaining even more weight depending on they’re body type. The 6 meals a day plan is fit for anyone, no matter what metabolism, or body type they have. It works. Do more research, hm?

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