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Small Meals--Big Mistake?

Updated: Jul 28, 2018


Grazing the Day Away

In an age where information is so readily available to us, where pretty much anything is a Google search away, there seems to be just as much confusion and uncertainty as ever about a lot of fitness-related topics. This is in large part because availability of information is a double-edge sword; the more abundant it is, the more difficult it is to sift through it to find the “correct” answer to any given question.

Something that I believe fits perfectly into this mold—and something I happen to feel strongly about—is the topic of meal frequency. It is a subject of much contention, much misconception, and much debate in the fitness community. I will attempt to look at it rationally, and present an answer to the burning question: “How much should you eat, how often should you eat, and what should your meals consist of?”


 

So for now, I want to focus entirely on a very often touted style of eating—the small/frequent meal structure, also referred to as “grazing”. For the majority of people who are recommending it to others or employing it personally, I would expect they are doing it mainly for the two big proposed benefits it offers: increased metabolic function and weight loss, and better regulation of blood sugar and energy levels. While many people believe very strongly in the validity of this approach and the benefits it supposedly offers, upon actual analysis I do not believe it actually holds up. Here is some information about each of these two components: