A five meals a day diet is your best option for losing weight and gaining lean muscle mass quickly. Eating 5 small, protein-rich meals and snacks – spaced 2 to 3 hours apart – has been proven to be the most effective way to keep your metabolism going strong and to ensure that your energy levels remain constant throughout the day.
Combined with a good strength training program, a 5 meals a day diet will quickly transform your body into a lean, toned, fat-burning machine! (Note: The Burn the Fat ebook describes in detail how top fitness professionals eat to lean down while maintaining their muscle mass.)
Here are the major benefits of following a 5 meals a day diet:
- more energy
- less hunger
- reduced food cravings
- control blood sugar levels & insulin production
- reduce body fat storage
- maintain & increase lean muscle mass
Obviously it takes a good amount of planning, preparation, and persistence to get into the habit of eating this frequently. When you’re on a 5 meals a day diet you must prepare your food well ahead of time. Every meal should contain good carbs, lean protein, and healthy fats in about a 40:30:30 ratio. No, it’s certainly not “easy” – but once you get into the habit of preparing your meals in advance and eating delicious, healthy food every few hours you’ll see some amazing changes.
You’ll also feel a lot better!
Many fitness pros – including top bodybuilders and fitness models – manage to get in 5 meals per day by cooking a lot of healthy food (ie chicken breast, steamed vegetables, brown rice, etc.) one day per week, putting each meal into a Tupperware container, and then taking a few meals with them to work each day.
Also, most people who follow a five meals a day diet make use of ‘portable’ foods like protein , meal replacement powders, nuts, seeds, etc.