What Is The Optimal Meal Frequency For Maintaining A High Metabolism?

What Is The Optimal Meal Frequency For Maintaining A High Metabolism?


– Hey guys. I am here to chat to you today about. What’s going on here? Meal frequency or how,
more like how many meals should you be having throughout the day. So, I feel like there is
this misconception still that having, you know,
four to five to six meals throughout the day,
like, regularly spaced, like every two hours or so, is optimal to keep your metabolism firing and that if you don’t, you’re just gonna turn into a blob and you won’t be healthy
and your metabolism is just gonna slow down. And I call complete B.S. on that because whether you
have three larger meals or whether you have five
and six small meals, the energy that you burn kind
of breaking down that food averages out to be the same. Because the amount of energy it takes to break down a large meal is gonna be more in that kind of period than it takes to break down a small meal. But if you’re breaking down food multiple times throughout the day, like smaller amounts of it, versus breaking down
bigger amounts of food but less frequently, same same. So no difference in
relation to weight loss, ability to maintain weight, all that jazz. So get rid of that idea. The next thing I wanted to talk about is, well, why is having three larger meals instead of this grazing
shenanigans we’ve had going on for the past,
you know, 50 years or so, why is just kind of three meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner, maybe an extra snack if you need it, why is that better? The number one reason
I think that is better is because it’s more, it’s better for your digestion, basically. Like, your digestive system needs time to actually rest and digest your food. So what happens when you actually give your digestive system
time between your eating? Basically, it’s able to cleanse the food through your whole system. So there’s something called. I’m just doing a lot
of these things today. There’s something called
a migrating motor complex that sits in your small intestine that is responsible for moving food from your small intestine
into your large intestine where it should be. We don’t want food sitting
in your small intestine for too long because it allows
bacteria to ferment there and it can produce gas,
bloating, discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea,
also known as IBS. So about 60 to 80 percent of IBS is actually due to something called small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. And one of the major,
kind of, risk factors of developing that is having a migrating motor complex
that isn’t working or isn’t being given the time to work, as in you’re just eating every two hours or every two and a half hours or even every three hours, although three hours is
definitely better than two hours. And yeah, and you don’t
want that happening because there’s, no one wants
to feel gassy and bloated and constipated or have diarrhoea. Although I was thinking
about that the other day, and I’m like, if I had to choose between constipation and diarrhoea, hundred percent would choose diarrhoea. I hate being constipated. I was constipated once in
my life, like chronically. Worst thing ever. Not that I think having
diarrhoea is great, either, but just, you know,
like, if I had to choose. Anyway, moving on from
that, so moral of the story is three meals throughout the day or at least eating less
frequently is going to be better. And I’m not talking about
doing intermittent fasting and just having one meal a day. I don’t actually think
that that is all that great for females and I’m pretty sure I’ve done a story on it before, maybe. If not, I’ve definitely spoken
about it on the podcast. So I think moving towards
three larger meals is better digestively. I also think it allows
other cleansing processes to happen in the body. That’s probably, like,
an oversimplification, but we don’t need details for now. I just wanted to share with
you my thoughts on that. So if you currently are
someone who’s, like, a, you know, meal, one
meal, two meal, three meal, four meal, five meal, six or, like, you’re like the snack queen, then just start to maybe just decrease how many meals you have by one. And just to point out, the goal is not to eat less food overall, unless of course your goal is weight loss and that’s a healthy goal for you, then obviously that’s
a sensible thing to do. But otherwise, we’re
not trying to make you eat less food overall, we’re just trying to
put it into less times throughout the day. So give it a go. Be aware that it may very much bring up some emotional issues around food because I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely had, I’ve definitely gone
through periods in the past where I’ve used food to
suppress my emotions, as a form of reward or
punishment or to procrastinate. So just be aware that
those things may come up and start to bring awareness to them. Do some journaling around
it just so that, you know, you’re aware, well, why am I
eating when I’m not hungry? Like, what do I need right now and what am I trying to use
food to suppress or to fulfil? All that kind of stuff. So awareness is the first
key to making any changes, so just do that without
shame, without guilt, without any of that. It’s just about interest,
curiosity and compassion when you’re starting to
explore some of those issues. That’s definitely a topic for another day. I really just wanted to point
out the meal frequency stuff. So, enjoy. I’d love any feedback,
questions, comments, whatever you have around
that side of things because I think it’s a
really good discussion.

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