More Frequent Meals For Athletes
By Jim Stoppani, Ph.D Flex
Note From Anabolic Minds Editor - This article was shared not particularly because of its correctness, but to share its viewpoint, which is a common one. What is most intriguing to me though is the question of how ISSN could have come to the conclusions mentioned in the face of contradictory studies "more frequent meals might help athletes lose more bodyfat". Might? You can just as easily say more frequent meals might make you taller or your penis bigger. They might do anything at all. Similar to the rest of their findings though, I'm not sure the significant numbers of studies showing an intermittent fasting pattern with 3 meals a day has a lower insulin, cholesterol profile etc than more meals spread through the day were looked at whatsoever. Its easy to prove for your idea if you throw out any evidence that shows the reverse.
FLEX has long supported the practice of eating more frequent meals per day than the standard three (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as the best way to lose bodyfat and build muscle. The International Society of Sports Nutrition has analyzed studies done on eating more frequent meals and reported that eating more meals daily does help to maintain and build more muscle in athletes. They also found that more frequent meals might help athletes lose more bodyfat. This may be due to the reduced hunger that comes with eating more often. In addition, they discovered that greater meal frequency leads to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol and insulin levels, which may also enhance fat loss. Eat at least six meals on rest days and eight meals on workout days to build more muscle, lose more fat and stay healthy.