Will eating more often speed up my metabolism?

Will eating more often speed up my metabolism?


The principle that to lose weight you should eat ‘little an often’ is pretty well established. Following this approach has been linked to boosting your metabolism and consequently helping with weight loss. 

But what does the science say? Does the ‘little and often’ rule actually speed up your metabolism

The Theory

In theory, eating smaller meals more often makes sense – even if only psychologically. 

Eating every few hours supposedly helps with feelings of deprivation and controls any cravings you might have. It can also help to stabilise your blood glucose levels, which makes it helpful for diabetics for example. 

This is all well and good but does eating often ACTUALLY impact your metabolic rate.

Once again, it’s time to turn to science. 

The Science

Studies have shown that when it comes to your metabolism, eating more meals throughout the day has no overall impact. 

It seems that it is not about when you’re eating it but rather how much you’re eating.

Weight loss occurs when you are in a calorie deficit. This can come from 6 meals or 1 meal. While eating little and often may be beneficial for some and help them to achieve this, eating little and often alone is not enough when it comes to speeding up your metabolism. 

How can I boost my metabolism? 

If you’re looking for ways to speed up your metabolism, we would recommend adding weight training into your programme. 

This will help you to build up lean muscle, which will consequently help to boost your metabolic rate. 

Do you eat little and often or are you more of a three meals a day kind of person? 

Let us know in the comments below.

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