We might want to start a series on this, but in this article Clinical Nutrition Writer Brian Rigby shows the scientific proof of why "eat more often to lose weight" is terrible advice for people looking to lose weight:
A simple google search on the term "how often should I eat" reveals articles that tell you to "eat more often to lose more weight."
Brian explains why this is bad advice and why eating less frequently helps to maximize fat burning:
"Ultimately, you want to balance the release of insulin and glucagon. For athletes, since they work out frequently and for extended periods of time, glucagon ends up being released in large amounts to help stabilize blood sugar--for them, a slow trickle of insulin is offset by their activities.
For those looking to lose weight or maintain weight, and who do not exercise frequently and for long periods of time, they need to balance their insulin-releasing moments (after meals) with glucagon-releasing ones (the delays between eating). If these populations ate frequently, glucagon release would be suppressed because they would never enter a situation where glucagon is necessary, and as a result, any fat stored would never have a good opportunity to be released, eventually leading to weight gain and increased fat mass."