I’ve done various ultra-endurance events before: cycling solo 3000 miles in under 3 weeks, cycling 12 hours straight (221 miles), swimming 6 hours without so much as a drink break, and dancing for 24 hours without even stopping to eat. I push myself to see how far and fast my body can go; to see how much my will can propel me and my focus can sustain me; to see what I can accomplish. I do not care to see how far supplements or drugs can take me. I want the full human experience of mobility, and pain and soreness are important parts of that, giving valuable feedback, empowering me with necessary and relevant information. Shortcuts are for those focused on the destination, who forget that life is what happens to us on the journey. Instead of popping painkillers like candy, eat better (fresh, whole food) and train smarter (including rest and recovery).
There have been reports of an inverse relationship between meal frequency (MF) and adiposity. It has been postulated that this may be explained by favourable effects of increased MF on appetite control and possibly on gut peptides as well. The main goal of the present study was to investigate whether using a high MF could lead to a greater weight loss than that obtained with a low MF under conditions of similar energy restriction. Subjects were randomised into two treatment arms (high MF = 3 meals+3 snacks/d or low MF = 3 meals/d) and subjected to the same dietary energy restriction of - 2931 kJ/d for 8 weeks. Sixteen obese adults (n 8 women and 8 men; age (sd ); BMI (sd ) kg/m2) completed the study. Overall, there was a % decrease in body weight (P < ); similarly, significant decreases were noted in fat mass ( - (sd ) kg; P < ), lean body mass ( - (sd ) kg; P < ) and BMI ( - (sd ) kg/m2; P < ). However, there were NS differences between the low- and high-MF groups for adiposity indices, appetite measurements or gut peptides (peptide YY and ghrelin) either before or after the intervention. We conclude that increasing MF does not promote greater body weight loss under the conditions described in the present study.