Here’s an idea that’s gaining traction in some circles – eating smaller, more frequent meals will stimulate the metabolism, keeping it going at a faster pace and thereby burning more calories.
According to a story in the New York Times, some studies have found modest health benefits to eating smaller meals, but often the research involved extremes, like comparing the effects of two or three large daily meals with those of a dozen or more snacks. Six meals, according to some weight-loss books and fad diets, is a more realistic approach.
But don’t count on it. As long as total caloric and nutrient intake stays the same, then metabolism, at the end of the day, should stay the same as well.