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    3 meals a day vs 6 meals a day - what's better for fat loss?

    For example if you cook food of 1800 calories that you have to consume in one day and you are trying to lose weight. Are 6 small meals of that food spread throughout the day better than taking 3 bigger sized meals? Or does it not matter at all?

    I've read new studies show that eating more meals in a day as compared to less meals of the same calorie don't affect the metabolism at all, hence, there's no difference in eating 3 meals a day or 6 meals a day as long as you are getting the same amount of calories.

    What do you guys think? I personally prefer 3 meals, less hassle.
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    Makes no difference. Do what's best for your schedule, lifestyle, etc..

    Key is to maintain a consistent calorie deficit. How you do that is really up to you.
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    One study that compared it found a small benefit to 6 protein rich meals per day. They weren't training though. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1002/oby.20296

    Nothing to worry about though. 3 meals is good enough if you train well.
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    Originally Posted by newbie9 View Post
    For example if you cook food of 1800 calories that you have to consume in one day and you are trying to lose weight. Are 6 small meals of that food spread throughout the day better than taking 3 bigger sized meals? Or does it not matter at all?

    I've read new studies show that eating more meals in a day as compared to less meals of the same calorie don't affect the metabolism at all, hence, there's no difference in eating 3 meals a day or 6 meals a day as long as you are getting the same amount of calories.

    What do you guys think? I personally prefer 3 meals, less hassle.
    Example: 3 meals equating to 2000 calories = 6 meals equating to 2000 calories. For body composition.
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    Assuming strict calorie control, no.

    In reality, most people suck at portion control and calorie estimation. Most people who eat 6 meals will end up with maybe 2-3 "small" meals and 3-4 medium-to-large meals.

    IMO the supposed benefits were pushed hard by the supplement industry, because most people will not take the time to pack 3-4 meals when they head out for the day, hence the need protein bars and shakes.
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    Whichever is more convenient. Weekly calories dictate fat loss/gain
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    I would prefer 3 meals so that you aren't constantly stimulating your appetite - but can only eat tiny portions.
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    Originally Posted by newbie9 View Post
    For example if you cook food of 1800 calories that you have to consume in one day and you are trying to lose weight. Are 6 small meals of that food spread throughout the day better than taking 3 bigger sized meals? Or does it not matter at all?

    I've read new studies show that eating more meals in a day as compared to less meals of the same calorie don't affect the metabolism at all, hence, there's no difference in eating 3 meals a day or 6 meals a day as long as you are getting the same amount of calories.

    What do you guys think? I personally prefer 3 meals, less hassle.
    The only studies I have seen that have shown there is a preference of one of these over the other were self reported studies, meaning they relied on the participants to self report their own calorie intake and meal timing so there would be a huge issue with consistency. Any study that has controlled this variable within the study and calories were equated there has been no difference in weight loss.
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    3 'meals' and a smaller 'snack' for me.

    I get hungry in the AM, Noon, afternoon, and evening, but it works out.

    Unless I go to very processed foods, eating the amount I would need to per sitting would get uncomfortable if I only had like 2 meals. 3 would work, but I like an afternoon snack with a decaf coffee.

    Also, 6 meals? The meal sizes would get small and not satisfying, but, the time aspect of eating every 2-3 hours isn't something I wanna do. Too busy.
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    Originally Posted by 3RNutrition View Post
    Any study that has controlled this variable within the study and calories were equated there has been no difference in weight loss.
    Might want to take a look at this study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1002/oby.20296

    All meals supplied. Better fat loss with 6 meals per day.
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    How does this relate to the reportedly good effects of intermittent fasting? Proponents of intermittent fasting would say eating all your calories within an 8 hour or less window is more beneficial than spreading those calories out over the day. How do you explain?
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    Originally Posted by yeshli2nuts View Post
    Proponents of intermittent fasting would say eating all your calories within an 8 hour or less window is more beneficial than spreading those calories out over the day. How do you explain?
    "Proponents" can say anything they want to "say". That's why they are "proponents". Read the actual SCIENTIFIC PEER-REVIEWED STUDY that Mrpb posted, not an "article" that someone writes because they "think" something...

    I can show you "proponents" that the world is flat, than man never landed/walked on the moon, and aliens live among us... ;-)
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    Originally Posted by CommitmentRulz View Post
    "Proponents" can say anything they want to "say". That's why they are "proponents". Read the actual SCIENTIFIC PEER-REVIEWED STUDY that Mrpb posted, not an "article" that someone writes because they "think" something...

    I can show you "proponents" that the world is flat, than man never landed/walked on the moon, and aliens live among us... ;-)
    Of course the moon landing was staged:-

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    Originally Posted by yeshli2nuts View Post
    How does this relate to the reportedly good effects of intermittent fasting? Proponents of intermittent fasting would say eating all your calories within an 8 hour or less window is more beneficial than spreading those calories out over the day. How do you explain?
    It's beneficial for people who actually adhere better to that schedule, which is not everyone/most people.

    The one thing the IF folks get right is that it CAN (for SOME) reduce hunger while cutting weight/calories.

    However, they often try way too hard to make it sound like it's some kind of fountain of youth (which it isn't) or that the small changes in hormones will provide some kind of benefit (which they won't).

    Guess what: proponents of ANY diet that worked FOR THEM will say their approach is better... because it worked for them.
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