Originally Posted by MPBK
^^ read my post above about reading comprehension. :facepalm:
You might want to brush up on your rudimentary statistical comprehension, as you are committing a classic correlation/causation mistake here. A healthier body composition is often positively correlated with eating smaller, more frequent meals, but eating smaller, more frequent meals does not cause a healthier body composition.
As I said in my first post which you contended was misinformation, eating small & frequent meals can improve ones appetite management and overall eating habits. Small/frequent meals are often conscious, premeditated decisions with health being a focus of which. Also due to the fact that there is a consistent amount of food in your stomach, people are often less compelled to binge in one of their "big 3" meals with their appetites at least partially satiated. Additionally, a pre-determined portion of food gives a rigid "stopping" point and can disincentivize someone to continue eating as they don't yet feel full, but haven't given themselves the proper amount of time for the process where they end up "feeling full" to run its course, thus overeating.
All this can lead to more effective weight management and appetite/impulse control, but the fact remains that the food is metabolized NO DIFFERENTLY split over 6-8 small meals, 3 meals, 1 meal, or any other combination. As long as the overall calorie count and meal composition is the same, how frequent one eats makes no difference. So if you have poor impulse control, it may be a method to consider for these reasons. But in the end it all comes down to how much you are eating, and not when you are eating it.
From the second search result you posted:
"Frequent meals tame the slavering beast of hunger . . . Controlling hunger shrinks your gut. In a study published in the International Journal of Obesity . . . The challenge is keeping the mini meals mini. "It's critical that at the end of the day, the calorie content of your mini meals does not exceed what you would eat in three larger meals," says Jeannie Moloo, Ph.D., R.D."
From the fourth:
"There is a point at which cutting calories will work against weight loss because consuming too few calories (or too few meals) leads to increased appetite and low satiety as your body prevents starvation. You will find it hard to implement your healthy eating goals when you’re feeling hungry and dissatisfied. And you will suffer from cravings, ultimately causing you to fall into under-eating and over-eating cycles . . . Nourish your body with quality foods that you can eat more of such as foods that are high in volume, but low in calories. This will help to fill your plate and your stomach without overdoing the calories"
(the titles to both of those articles are misleading, characteristic of "popular" meda outlets, as both stress that to be effective you are not to actually consume more calories, a more accurate but less appealing title would be "Eat more frequently to help control your impulses and lose more weight")