I haven't researched it, but I have no problem believing that the multiple small meals thing doesn't actually stimulate the metabolism, or tell your body "hey no need to store extra fat, we have constant nutrients coming in" as we used to be taught. Maybe it doesn't help keep a steady stream of muscle building nutrients on tap when your training hard.... whatever.
What I did notice, and do remember from when I had clients way back in the day, was that those who did embrace the small meals ever couple of hours plan, is that mentally.... I'm talking discipline here, they were much more successful in staving off cravings for carbs and junk food.
For that reason alone, I had them snacking on beef jerky, chicken salads and fresh veggies multiple times a day.
I did that, 5-6 small meals of day when i was trying to lose a good deal of weight yrs back. Do i know that was the difference maker? No, but I like to believe it helped. I mean I also ate only 1850 cal a day for a while, worked out 3-5 times a week, and never cheated. I mean I wouldnt eat a cracker. lol. But thats what it took. I do believe eating breakfast in the morning, especially with a good amount of protein will spike metabolism in the morning. Again i dont have scientific proof...However, i dont think if you want to train hard or build...you are going to be eating 5-6 SMALL meals...small is like 300-350cal. You would have to be eating 500-600 CLEAN each at least to really get any significant gains it would seem.
Either way im not tryin to debate if the small meals works....but tell me how possible it is for your body to adequately burn the 1600 cal you just ate for dinner in the 4-5hrs before you go to bed. I think that the 5-6 meals works well for those trying to lose because you dont store excess you couldnt burn. And eating High GI carbs in a large quantity at all, but especially all at once, would make losing even that much more difficult.
Edited by J_WR2fitty, 03 August 2012 - 04:07 PM.