Meal frequency is a big thing in the fitness industry and most people will tell you a different story. Some will say you should eat 5-6 small meals per day whilst others will tell you, you need no more than 3. What is the right way though? And does it matter if you have a set number of meals per day or eat to fit in with your macros? Let's explore the different options you have and what is going to be best for you...
A big part of how many meals you can eat in the day depends heavily on your lifestyle and what you get up to on a daily basis. Busy jobs, long hours, commutes and inaccessibility to cook your own food can make it challenging. A large part of how many meals you eat per day will depend upon this but it shouldn't hold you back. For instance, you can always prepare meals for the next day which ensures you don't skip any of them.
Another factor of how many meals you should be having probably comes down to what your goal is and what you ultimately want to achieve? So if your goal is to put on weight you know you should be having more calories than what you burn off in a day. Alternatively if your goal is to lose weight then you will be more cautious of what you eat. So your goal has a big part to play in the amount of meals you consume on a daily basis.
How Many Meals
So how many meals should you be having? Is there a golden rule we all should be following to achieve our dream physiques? Well, let's say for arguments sake your goal is to put on muscle and maintain a lean, muscular physique. How many meals should you eat for this? Personally, in answer to this question there is no real answer because all of us are different and there is no set rule. With this said however, you should trail the different methods out there to see what ultimately works best for you.
What I'm saying is you don't have to eat the traditional 6 small meals a day. Take the legendary Mike Rashid for example who only eats 4 meals a day. Does it really make a difference if you eat 6 small meals a day or if you only have 4?
What truly matters is that you make sure you hit your macro nutrients on a daily basis to meet your body's requirements. So ensuring you eat enough protein, carbohydrates and fats is more important than meal frequency.
What do you guys do? Do you concentrate on meal frequency or hitting your macro nutrients? Leave a comment below with what you do...