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How often should I be eating?

Should I be following a specific meal frequency when it comes to weight loss?  Check out our resident expert - Julie Brown - both Registered Dietitian and National Nutrition Program Manager at Life Time.  She'll answer this common inquiry with the right advise to follow.



6 Ways You Misunderstand Your Metabolism

 Quick—what would you be willing to give up in exchange for a fast metabolism? 

To consume all the ice cream you want and not gain a pound? To have tacos help you fit into your skinny jeans? To get washboard abs from an easy, one-hour treatment? It seems that every time we turn around, another fad diet, infomercial, or weight loss gimmick promises us easy results and a swift metabolic boost. 

The truth is, “metabolism” is a word that encompasses the literally thousands of chemical reactions needed for us to be functioning human beings. It’s incredibly complex—so much so that not even scientists claim to understand every detail. 

Unfortunately, the deafening amount of weight loss quackery out there chronically over-simplifies this process and continually feeds us fantasy “fixes.”

Who’s ready for truth and clarity on the subject? Read on to help sift through the many metabolic myths and to learn what you really can do about your metabolic functioning. 


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Why Meal Frequency Matters

Does it matter how often you eat?

My experience with clients suggests absolutely yes. That said, it’s complicated to find definitive scientific “proof” that any particular eating frequency is “best.”

A quick Google Scholar search for “meal frequency, intermittent fasting” results in over 18,000 studies or commentaries (nearly one thousand from 2013 alone). If you want to find analysis supporting the benefits of eating more than three times per day, you’ll find it. If you want to read about the benefits of not eating at all for several hours, you’ll find it.

This shows that while we may know a lot about this eating pattern or that, there’s a fair amount we still don’t understand. It also illustrates what I believe is the more salient point: what works best varies from person to person - and can even shift over time in the same person during the course of a weight loss journey.


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Meal Frequency: Eating Often and Eating Well

In last week’s article, Meal Frequency: Metabolic Effects and Scientific Evidence, we looked at the facts behind the often-promoted metabolic effects of eating frequently throughout the day. We looked at the fact that eating more often does not increase metabolic rate or keep the body from going into “starvation mode.” Some studies have shown that a focus on increasing meal frequency actually led to an increase in total calorie intake. Even though there are not metabolic advantages to eating more frequently, there are still other reasons to consider a more frequent eating pattern.

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Meal Frequency: Metabolic Effects & Scientific Evidence

One of the most common recommendations for weight management is to eat several small meals throughout the day. The “theory” has been a constant in weight loss and fitness programs for many years. While eating several small meals throughout the day may provide some benefits for some people, it is probably not necessary for others. It also may not provide the benefits you may have heard about. Today, we’ll take a look at the research on meal frequency and how it impacts weight management.

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