Do I need to eat breakfast?
Does it matter when I eat breakfast?
Does breakfast kickstart my metabolism?
Should I eat a few big meals or a lot of small meals?
When should I eat?
Should I keep dinner light or heavy?
Do I have to eat before I workout?
Should I eat protein, carbs or fats at different times during the day?
A Note on Eating
Your eating schedule is not nearly as important as how much you eat. Period. You want to lose weight? You need to make sure you eat fewer calories. You want to gain weight? You eat more calories. It's that simple. Does it matter when these calories enter your body? No. The only thing that matters is that by the time you go to bed, you've hit your goal.
Why, then, are there so many theories? Most follow studies that show certain habits can help people stick with their diets. It's not that the timed eating causes weight gain or loss at all. It's just that these tendencies may make it easier for you to stay on track. This article does a great job of summarizing the major issues surrounding studies on the topic. "Simply put, the question of whether there is a health benefit from the consumption of multiple small meals will ultimately depend on how much energy is consumed, as opposed to how often or how regularly one eats."
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