There is a pretty standard aspect of a fitness competition diet that requires you to eat a small meal every 2-3 hours instead of going longer periods of time and eating larger meals. But do you know why?
A lot of people believe that eating small meals more frequently increases their metabolism and this is the main reason that eating many small meals is touted as effective for weight loss.
This myth has been disproved many times, but the reason it exists in the first place is because of research about the thermic effect of food… the WHAAAAA?! you say. The thermic effect of food is basically the fact that it takes a certain amount of energy in order to process the food we eat (which gives us energy). The fitness community took the information and assumed that if you are always eating a small amount of food…
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