Why Does Breakfast Make Me Hungry? (Major Update July 16th)

“Why does breakfast make me hungry?” When someone asked me that question for the umpteenth time since my methods became popular, I finally decided to indulge in a deeper exploration of what the plausible mechanism might be. I thought I’d share my thoughts on that with you today. Major Update July 16th and July 17th […]

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Is Late Night Eating Better for Fat Loss and Health?

If late night eating interferes with fat loss, why do people who eat more in the evening lose more fat than people who don’t? If carbs become fattening after 6 PM, how come people who eat more carbs after 6 PM lose more fat than those who eat them earlier in the day? If we […]

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A Critique of the ISSN Position Stand on Meal Frequency

When International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) released their position stand on the topic of meal frequency, two things stood out to me. First of all, a number of questionable conclusions are made in the abstract. With my last article in mind, the claim that “…increasing meal frequency during periods of hypoenergetic dieting may preserve lean […]

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Better Blood Glucose with Lower Meal Frequency

A new study called “Effect of meal frequency on glucose and insulin excursions over the course of a day” questions the all too popular recommendation of eating every so often to keep blood sugar in check. It actually shows that such advice can be counterproductive, as high meal frequency leads to higher blood sugar levels compared to […]

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Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked

Or “Top Ten Diet Myths Debunked“. That would have fit almost as well. Ok, so in retrospect, I think I screwed up on the title. Many myths just happened to be connected to intermittent fasting (meal frequency, breakfast skipping, etc.). Well, live and learn. November 4th Addendum Section added at the end of the article. […]

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Three Meals Superior for Appetite Control

The six meals a day dogma gets knocked again. Badly. It wasn’t too long ago that the mainstream media caught wind of the fact that there is no difference with regards to fat loss on lower versus higher meal frequencies. Now a new study shows that three meals a day is actually superior to six […]

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The Mainstream Debunks The Myth

It’ about goddamn time. New York Times nonetheless. What I find frustrating is that he says “some” studies have found health benefits with smaller meals, when the opposite is true as well. And not to mention, while some studies found an insignificant increase in metabolic rate with a dozen mini-meals per day, the great majority […]

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New Meal Frequency Study

This just in: Increased meal frequency does not promote greater weight loss in subjects who were prescribed an 8-week equi-energetic energy-restricted diet. Well, nothing new here really, but it bears repeating: a high meal frequency does not speed up metabolism or fat loss. Another nail in the coffin for that tired old myth. Since this […]

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Fasting and Metabolism

Made a few short comments in response to a blog post I just saw on The Fitness Spotlight. The post is here and below are my responses to some of the claims made. Just a few short comments on some claims here. Sorry if this has been covered somewhere among the comments, I haven’t read […]

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Ghrelin and entrainment

“New” research on ghrelin Apparently, scientists have now discovered ghrelin’s role in meal initiation and it’s entrainment to habitual meal patterns. Funny, because I’ve been talking about this since I started the blog. Judging from the quick look through my collection of ghrelin related research papers, it seems the earliest paper mentioning this effect of […]

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