Eating smaller and more frequent meals does NOT rev up your metabolism
Research tells us that the frequency of meals doesn’t do anything to speed up your metabolism. Your metabolic rate remains the same, regardless of whether your splitting your meals up into six meals a day, or combining them into three larger ones. The only benefit to eating every three hours is that it stops you from feeling too hungry and overeating due to waiting longer periods between meals. But at the end of the day, it comes down to your overall caloric intake.
Lower calories doesn’t necessarily equal more weight loss
Maintaining an extremely low-calories diet doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose more weight. However, eating too few calories, to the point where your body is unable to function as it normally would, can cause metabolic problems. Your metabolism decreases, which makes it a lot harder to lose weight. The rate at which your body burns calories will drop. Studies show that anything below 1,200 calories can produce these effects.
Certain foods affect the fat-burning process differently, regardless of calories
Realizing that the body processes different foods in different ways is just as important as keeping track of the calories you consume. The three macronutrients to keep in mind are protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Most of your calories should be coming from protein because it is burned quicker than carbs and fats. If you ate the same amount of calories from chicken and an unhealthy food, like ice cream, you’d gain more weight from the ice cream. This is because only 3% of calories from fats are digested. Whereas 20-30% of calories from protein burn in the digestion process.
Eating late at night doesn’t cause you to gain weight
Gaining weight has nothing to do with the times that you eat. It is affected by what you consume and how much of it. Studies tell us that eating late at night doesn’t cause weight gain. One study shows how there was no link between eating late and an increased risk of obesity. As long as you’re still eating within a caloric deficit to lose weight, it doesn’t matter what time of the day, or night, that you decide to eat.
If you’re trying to lose weight, there can be a lot of contradictory information out there. However, these were four of the biggests myths that people often get confused about. Now that you know more about what’s fact and what’s fiction, you can approach your weight loss diet more strategically and lose more weight.