Credit: 3. Myth: Spreading out calories by frequently snacking leads to weight loss
Again, overall calorie balance is what counts. If people don't reduce calories at meals to compensate for the calories eaten as snacks, weight goes up. If you don't compensate the more often you eat, the more calories you are likely to consume.
Eating small, frequent meals helps some people to maintain weight provided that the meals really are small. From the standpoint only of weight, what you eat doesn't matter. From the standpoint of satiety and health, what you eat matters a lot. It's always better to get plenty of vegetables and fruits into your diet whenever you eat. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)