The research on the importance of snacking, or small, frequent meals has long been called into question by peer-reviewed scientific studies. Spikes in the metabolic rate are directly proportional to calories burned, so the math says that it doesn't matter whether you have 6 small meals or one large one. In fact, sensitivity to insulin improves the longer you don't eat, and the "starvation mode" myth about holding onto fat if you skip breakfast is just that. Up to 36-hour fasts can be maintained without adverse effect. As for satiety, an increase in protein when fed can fight off feelings of hunger for many hours, provided that a person is hydrated properly. Just thought I'd put this out there, since fitness can be reached many ways, and effective tools should not be ruled out with old fitness myths and half-truths.
- 4/8/2012 10:10:36 AM