It seems like an idea gets started and without much proof, gets repeated.
The “eat 5-6 small meals per day which will stimulate the metabolism” is one such myth. There have been a number of studies recently published that compared people eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day versus people eating the identical number of calories but in the typical three-meals-per-day approach. These studies show that there is zero increase in metabolism or fat loss by consuming 5-6 smaller meals during the day.
In addition, there are some studies that show that in obese people who follow this 5-6 meal a day plan gain more fat and experience overall worse health.
Finally, eating this frequently puts a strain on the pancreas which can lead to diabetes.
David is a Nutritional and Alternative Medicine Expert, Educator and Entrepreneur. As an Acupuncture Physician and Master Herbalist, he has created the best selling anti aging formula, Doc Wellness Supplement and the online school – Dr. Orman’s Wellness School.