People might argue that our bodies aren’t programmed to eat so regularly as every 3-4 hours, they might play the ‘caveman’ or ‘paleolithic’ card asserting that our ancestors from 10,000 years ago didn’t have the luxury of eating every 3 or even 4 hours. However this narrow minded point of view fails to acknowledge evolution, our bodies have changed significantly between then and now, and consequently we have different needs.
A rule of thumb (irrespective of what the cavemen might say) is to avoid letting yourself go hungry, especially as an athlete or somebody who participates in regular activity. Eating every 3-4 hours has been seen to regulate blood sugar levels, and is incidentally some of the first dietary advice a Diabetic will receive. A constant drip feed of blood sugar will help keep the brain fuelled, enabling you to perform to your potential both physically and mentally. As a side note, regular eating will also keep your glycogen levels topped up for when you need sustainable energy, as well as adding to your amino acid pool for muscle growth and development.
Make the most of the readily available food guys, we don’t live in the Neolithic era any more…enjoy, but remain controlled!