Meal Frequency

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Meal Frequency

Postby Dtlv74 on Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:06 pm

A pre-publication look at an interesting metareview of meal frequency studies, and how it relates to various things like markers of health, protein synthesis and body composition control. It also looks at the difference between meal timing between non exercising populations and athletic ones.

The article is complete, except for some editing, although the tables are not included. is long but an interesting read. Basic conclusions below, but worth reading the full details.

1. Increasing meal frequency does not appear to favorably change body composition in
sedentary populations.
2. If protein levels are adequate, increasing meal frequency during periods of
hypoenergetic dieting may preserve lean body mass in athletic populations.
3. Increased meal frequency appears to have a positive effect on various blood markers of
health, particularly LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and insulin.
4. Increased meal frequency does not appear to significantly enhance diet induced
thermogenesis, total energy expenditure or resting metabolic rate.
5. Increasing meal frequency appears to help decrease hunger and improve appetite
control.


International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: meal frequency
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