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Troy Kerr
09-16-2009, 02:10 PM
I was just wondering if the hourly rate at which one eats has any affect on their fat loss?Is eating every 2-3 hours necessary? I am following a base zone and have been eating 4 4 block meals every 4-5 hours? Is this alright?

I appreciate your comments.

Ben Moskowitz
09-16-2009, 03:14 PM
Eating more frequently has not been shown to boost metabolism. I personally feel that while on the Zone diet, eating frequently helps to avoid being hungry at certain times of the day. However, I would recommend timing your nutrition to whatever your schedule allows. This guy (http://stronglifts.com/eat-every-3-hours-daily-meal-frequency/) seems to like eating frequently, others like to avoid being "the tupperware man."

Derek Weaver
09-16-2009, 06:58 PM
It doesn't matter. Meal timing has zero effect on fat loss. Search bodyrecomposition.com, leangains.com for more info.

Mike ODonnell
09-17-2009, 09:39 AM
People can eat all day if they really want to (or are active enough to need to)....but if they do it because they think it builds more muscle or speeds up the metabolism....that's just marketing myths to sell more bars and shakes.....

Here's some research and info on all that BS

Why eating more meals does NOT speed up your metabolism Part I (http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/11/05/eating-more-meals-does-not-speed-up-your-metabolism/)

Why eating more meals does NOT speed up your metabolism Part II (http://www.fitnessspotlight.com/2008/11/19/eating-more-meals-does-not-speed-up-your-metabolism-part-ii/)

Omar Omar
10-11-2009, 10:39 PM
While there is no resarch on this (that I know of and trust) I have come upon an article that kinda made sense..

I cant find the article now AND the article only made sense but was not proven (there was no resarch or study what so ever)...

It says that eating does not "boost" metabolisim but keeps it going to burn calories...

After you eat say 500 calories your metabolisiim starts working and stops in 4 hours. After it has stopped you may consume another 400 calories and it will turn on all over again... The article argued that if you ate after 3:30 (so that its not off completley yet) you will burn a bit more calories because of it staying on longer.

The article suggested that we can keep it on all day long and benifit. Say you eat a 500 calorie breakfast to start the day (the metabolisim goes on and burns 400 of them) then 3 hours later (before its off) if you ate 100 calories, it will burn 400 calories (because you kept it on for another 3 hours). You will end up getting -300 calories because you at those 100 calories.

The article argues that no matter how much you eat metabolisim turns on for approxx.. 3 to 4 hours (eating 100 to 900 calories kept it on for the same amount of time...)

Even though it makes sense im not sure about it. But I like felling comfortable all day long so I never eat to "full myself up" therefore I get hungry in 3.5 to 4 hours anyways...

Im worried some people think too much about how often to eat, "pre- or post-" workout food and such before taking care of what they actually eat...

Look at the bigger picture, are you eating properly from the first place, if so, are you ready to step it up, so on...

Read this article.. pretty long but AMAZINGLY AWSOME.
http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/do_this_not_that

Im NOT a bodybuilder FYI.. but the article is just awsome...

Brian Stone
10-12-2009, 11:42 AM
Omar's article makes an excellent point that I stress to people all the time who are starting out. They go through extreme efforts to get the absolute most highly rated multi they can find, get organic oils and fruits, have their ratios balanced for 900 supplements, but aren't eating enough calories or missing some other major element.

The 80/20 rule is especially important when starting a lifting program, in my mind, especially for novices.

Mike ODonnell
10-12-2009, 07:31 PM
After you eat say 500 calories your metabolisiim starts working and stops in 4 hours. After it has stopped you may consume another 400 calories and it will turn on all over again... The article argued that if you ate after 3:30 (so that its not off completley yet) you will burn a bit more calories because of it staying on longer.

The article suggested that we can keep it on all day long and benifit. Say you eat a 500 calorie breakfast to start the day (the metabolisim goes on and burns 400 of them) then 3 hours later (before its off) if you ate 100 calories, it will burn 400 calories (because you kept it on for another 3 hours). You will end up getting -300 calories because you at those 100 calories.

You'll have to find that article....as I don't see how the metabolism stops when you are in a fasted state (which is basically what the above is implying). If it is referring to the TEF (thermic effect of food) as digestive energy burned....we also know from the studies in the articles I linked to above that whether 6 meals...or 3 meals...1200 calories burned is the same energy no matter how you split it up....and that energy is so minor anyways you could just do without an extra snack and get the same deficit.

that and IF would of made us all fat long ago if that was all true.....

Jimmy Husten
05-13-2011, 02:22 AM
Yes I think everybody have the different set up in their mind some may like to have lunch in the afternoon and some would like to have it in the evening. So it is not the great issue.

Ben Byram
05-13-2011, 04:47 AM
This...

It doesn't matter. Meal timing has zero effect on fat loss. Search bodyrecomposition.com, leangains.com for more info.

Jane Michel
06-04-2011, 05:05 AM
Out of the thread graveyard! Heh heh.

Ah well, +1 for leangains.

Bravo Jones
07-02-2011, 12:54 AM
Well eating twice in a day is the best routine and i like to eat two times in a day and i usually skip lunch and eat only sandwich in lunch and drink juice.

aldrich marlin
07-07-2011, 11:27 PM
Hi there all members,
I think that 4 hours are much better time in between the second meal because you should give time to digest the first meal to your stomach....

Rick Raymond
07-12-2011, 01:33 PM
Its a myth that your metabolism slows down after 5 hours in fact in the fasted state your metabolism from a calorie burning point of view speeds up do to a release of catecholamines. It takes a matter of days for the metabolic slow down to occur but other things happen physiologically once liver glycogen is depleted (some where around 16 hours but depends on activity) that is detrimental to lean body mass. Also keep in mind that protein depending on the type is digested quite slowly.

Pete Gordon
08-05-2011, 03:48 AM
Doesn't exercise effect your metabolism a lot more than nutrition ?

Obviously you can't out-train a terrible diet. Weight training though effects your overall metabolism for the following 3-4 hours after training?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that the more active you are, the faster your metabolism is going to go.


FWI I eat 7-8 meals a day. 0-25g of carbs a day, 6 days a week.

Jack Alan
03-19-2012, 11:17 PM
Eating time does not have directly effect on fat loss. You fix your eating time and take foods on these specific times. It help to bear hunger and come over fat and reduce weight level easily.

john arthor
01-02-2013, 09:06 PM
In my opinion Eating more frequently has not been shown to boost metabolism. I personally feel that while on the Zone diet, eating frequently helps to avoid being hungry at certain times of the day.