I know your not supposed to skip meals as your body reacts to it like starvation, but if you have never had breakfast since you were a kid, I figure my body does not know it's missing something, I also only occasionally have something for lunch, I tend to live on coffee and dinner. When I separated from my hubby though for a bit I lived for a while in the local town and ate packet food and loads of pizzas as it was across the road and beer, hence the mahusive gain in weight
now I eat small portions of food at night and a couple of beers on a Friday night and that's it.
Your body / metabolism does not react to skipped meals in quite that timeframe.
Hormonal response might - which can well have a significant affect on appetite and craving, but not metabolic rate. That's why people talking about small regular meals being better for your metabolism, or not to skip a meal 'cos it will make your metabolism slow down are talking absolute rubbish.
It may well have other effects, that may affect cravings / hunger / appetite, but not the metabolism, not to any degree of significance in that timeframe.
I've heard, read and seen plenty of claims that more, small meals affects the metabolism. Problem is, I don't recall reading any actual scientific studies that prove it matters to any degree of significance.
It can matter more for satiety - but then there's probably just as many people that can't get along with small meals, as will find fewer, larger meals better for them.
In short, there's lots of bodybuilding sites, that proliferate a lot of things that have long been considered absolute, and often, bro-science, but the true science and study behind it shows nothing of any significance. And the other aspect, being that many in the world of bodybuilding use various PEDs, which change things rather significantly and fundamentally, compared with people not directly messing with their endocrine system.
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