If you have ever tried to drop a few pounds, gain some muscle or have lived in the health and fitness world for any length of time, then you have probably heard this before: you should eat six small meals a day rather three larger meals.

However, have you ever wondered why nutritionists, fitness coaches and doctors push this idea of freqent eating?

When you look into the science of the human body and how it gains and loses weight, you will understand the importance of eating every few hours.

Metabolism is also a term you hear about frequently. In general, metabolism is the speed at which your body burns calories and loses weight. Eating frequently is beneficial to jumpstarting a slow metabolism.

The reason stems from human’s coping mechanism during the caveman era.

During this time, food was not as readily available as it is today. Cavemen could not simply walk to a grocery store. They were forced to hunt. When fruits, vegetables or meat were in short supply, the caveman’s metabolism would slow almost to a halt, in order to conserve fat and energy to sustain life until the next hunt.

To this day, humans still have this starvation mode encoded in their DNA. When you spend more than eight hours without food, you body starts to go back to its roots. This is why starving yourself is counterproductive. You body holds on to its fat instead of using it.

Eating six meals a day, every two or three hours, will cause your body to burn more calories because the fear of impending starvation is diminished.

If you are a person with a big appetite or a seemingly bottomless stomach, a diet with six meals a day will be your best bet.

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For example, say you are on a 2,100 calories diet plan. Instead of eating three meals that are 700 calories each, you are having six meals that are 350 calories. Although you are eating the exact same amount of calories, you are eating more often, which tricks your brain into thinking you are eating more.

You are also more likely to stay satiated if you are eating more often, especially if you drinking an adequate amount of water with your meals throughout the day.

Six small meals may be helpful to those of us that live very busy lives. Commuters, parents, and students with part-time jobs, may not have the time to sit down and eat a large meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because your meals will be significantly smaller on this diet plan, you can easily store a few of them in a lunch box and enjoy them on a car ride or at work.

What many dieters enjoy about this method is the constant energy they experience. If you are eating the healthy kind of meals and snacks, your blood sugar wil have very little opportunity or time to drop when you eat so frequently. This leads to the same feeling of energy you recieve after the first couple bites of any meal, yet this lasts all day.

Now you can understand the reason why six small meals may be more beneficial to your health and fitness goals then eating the traditional three meals a day.

Try this method out! Although setting your eating schedule may prove to be a bit difficult initially, you should notice a difference within the first couple of days.

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