Eating More Frequently vs Not eating more frequently and what it does to the metabolism

41000 Whether to eat frequently or not to eat more frequently, both aspects have their own pros and cons. This depends on people who intelligently consume food in appropriate quantities. This paper tends to compare the two forms of eating habits- eating frequently and not eating more frequently, and comes with a conclusion that eating more frequently does not speed up metabolism to make one lose weight, and eating less frequently maintains a healthy eating routine. Eating more frequently keeps you feel fuller throughout the day, but does not speed up metabolism. Weight loss occurring from frequent meals is not due to consuming smaller meals throughout the day, but because they have to digest more often for which more energy is spent throughout the day which may be more than the amount of energy intake. This is called thermogenesis. However, it is recommended to eat more frequently due to some important reasons. For example, eating more frequently helps people consume more fruits and vegetables, and thus, they feel fuller that prevents binge eating. When they consume smaller snacks in accurate proportions, they tend to balance out their insulin level. Moreover, eating all day long is not a natural habit, since humans eat to live and not live to eat. It is not natural in such a busy life as in today’s world, to keep on eating 6 to 8 meals a day. There is no time, and there is no energy to go get food after every two hours. Eating more frequently only increases food cravings because it gets into the habit. Wolfram (1987) et al. conducted a research to study the effect of thermogenesis in humans after varying meal time frequencies. In one trial, 8 healthy persons were given a hypocaloric diet- protein (13% of energy), carbohydrates (46% of energy) and fat (41% of energy)- as one meal for two weeks. On second trial, the participants were given the same amounts of nutrients but in five meals a day for two weeks. Procedures of indirect calorimetry were used to assess what effects the two kinds of eating habit (eating more frequently and not eating more frequently) had on the metabolic systems of the participants. The researchers found that there were no changes in body weight. No difference in the retention of carbon and energy was found. Protein metabolism was only a slightly higher in eating more frequently, which was compensated in terms of reduced fat oxidation. Heat production, Water, sodium and potassium balances, and plasma concentrations of cholesterol and uric acid were the same in the two trials. As for glucose, it showed its typical behavior depending on how much time had passed since last meal. Hence, they proved that there was no difference in metabolic activities in the two kinds of eating habits. This proves that eating more frequently does not improve or fasten up the metabolic system. Smeets and Westerterp-Plantenga also reached the same conclusion in their research that eating more frequently and not eating more frequently does not pose a marked difference in the metabolic rate. hence, eating frequency cannot be related to weight loss or weight gain. The researchers studied the effect of inter-meal interval on metabolic activities by dividing energy intake over two and three meals a day. There were two experimental conditions. Fourteen normal-weight young women spent 36 hours in energy balance in a respiration chamber. They were given two meals one day and three meals the next day. The researchers concluded that, “