Chicken or egg? Is it better to schedule out your daily meal planning into smaller meals spread out eating every 2-3 hours? Or, is the argument of eating all your calories only within an 8 hour window and leaving your body on an “empty tank” to metabolize, especially for fat loss?
What do you feel gets the general public the most satisfaction as well as results?
I think you’re getting in the topic of intermittent fasting(IF). The research on IF is quite difficult to find, that’s because feeding studies are difficult, take a long and can be expensive.
From reading some articles from respected nutrition experts, I can agree that it’s more of a fad than anything. It’s new and shiney and offers big weight loss results, thus why people have been trying it out of late.
But fasting isn’t a magic formula for weight loss; it’s very simple: At a calorie deficit, people lose weight. At a calorie surplus, they gain.
In the JISSN journal, it shows that timing is also not the most important factor for protein or calories to lose weight. http://www.jissn.com/content/10/1/5
Meal frequency really depends on the individual but studies have shown that small frequent meals tend to blunt hunger and overeating. 2-3 meals per day and 2-3 snacks should suffice nicely as with majority of my clients.