By having many mini meals instead of fewer, larger ones, you can shift your metabolism into a higher gear more often—and burn more calories. Our metabolisms rev up slightly each time we eat, as our bodies process what we’ve consumed.
Would we recommend it? Sure, if it helps keep your hunger in check so that you don’t overeat when you finally sit down to a meal. (And you’re not having a bunch of snacks that are actually the calorie-equivalent of big meals.) But keep in mind “The calorie difference [of eating more, versus fewer meals] is so small it doesn’t add up to a hill of beans,” Dr. John Foreyt, director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston told EatingWell contributing editor Joyce Hendley.