Originally Posted by MarkOsborn
I see and hear this all the time---eat 5 or 6 times per day. But what does that really mean?
It can mean a variety of things, but it's usually one of two:
1. Cutting portions of the "big three" and splitting them between two meals each - two small breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, spaced about two hours apart, so you're eating every 2-3 hours.
2. Eating slightly smaller "big three" meals, and spacing them with snacks like nuts, yogurt, jerky, fruit, etc. so that you're eating something every 2-3 hours.
A lot of people say that it helps keep your metabolism revved up. I'll add that it also helps psychologically - you end up eating a lot less than you would if you binged at a few meals, but you're brain thinks you've had a lot, so you reduce the frequency of random cravings.
1) eat real food - more vegetables, moderate meat, moderate fruits, less grains, less sugar, less vegetable oils.
2) exercise - moderate intensity cardio, sprinting, heavy lifting, dedicated stretching and mobility.
3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.
Disclaimer: I'm not professionally qualified to make any formal recommendations. I've just done my homework and I'm my own guinea pig. All of my data, unless otherwise cited, comes from a sample size of n=1 (me).