Many scientists and nutritionists have debunked the myth that eating more frequently keeps your metabolism revved up. Not only does skipping meals not shut down your metabolism, but there may be some benefits to going a bit longer between meals.
As I explained in last weekâ€™s show, going for four or five hoursâ€”or even longerâ€”between meals will not affect your metabolism one whit. In fact, there are some good reasons to go longer than just a few hours between meals.
It takes about three hours for your body to finish digesting a meal. If you eat every two or three hours, as many experts now advise, your body will constantly be in what nutritionists call the â€œfed state.â€ This simply means that you are always in the process of digesting food.
If, on the other hand, you donâ€™t eat again, youâ€™ll go into something we call the â€œpost-absorptiveâ€ state after about three hours. Several interesting things happen in the post-absorptive state, which continues for another 12 to 18 hours if you donâ€™t eat again.
First, you begin tapping into your bodyâ€™s stored energy reserves to run your engine. Your hormone levels adjust to shift your body out of fat-storage mode and into fat-burning mode.
Hanging out in the post-absorptive state also reduces free-radical damage and inflammation, increases the production of anti-ageing hormones, and promotes tissue repair.