The most basic element of fitness nutrition is meal frequency. The ever popular "3 squares" a day concept doesn't cut it anymore. The consensus of researchers is that eating four to six smaller meals a day is most effective for fat loss and muscle building. This is possible, and yes, it does make sense. Let me explain.
Eating every 2 1/2 to 3 hours will do a number of things to help you reach your goals. It will keep the nutrient flow to your muscles steady and stable throughout the day. When eating only two to three meals, you force your body to go without essential nutrients for six- to eight-hour periods. You need a steady, constant release of protein, carbs and fats throughout the day. Once you start feeling hungry, it's too late. Your body already has started tapping into your muscles for the nutrients it needs to maintain balance.