As much as you feel the way you do about this subject, I encountered it first hand, and my results make it optimum for me. My wife experienced the same metabolic boost when switching to 6 meals vs. 3. I attribute my "amazing" weight loss to the 6 meals per day approach as the years before, were a struggle. I also learned, through bulking, my metabolism floats to meet my input. When I was eating sub-mtce, and increased my calories (it was about 600) I lost 5 pounds in three weeks. This was moving my calories up. I won't push my beliefs on you as being right for you, but for me, it works. I eat more, I lose more fat. I slow down on the food, I usually wither stall at a weight, or my gut increases slightly. I have heard this called "starvation mode" and I have it well documented. AS soon as I raise calories randomly, I tend to drop fat. AFter about 4 weeks, i start to gain weight (neither fat or muscle, just weight). If I then reduce food, i stabilize. So my personal experience has taught me the following lessons for me: 1. Metabolism FLoats up and down based on food consumption 2. MUltiple meals keep my metabolism high. 3. IT's not as clear cut as eat less, lose weight, eat more, gain weight. Point #1: If you state the following: Eat more, weigh more -or- Eat less, weigh less, you ASSUME your metabolism is FIXED and cannot move. This, again FOR ME, is not true. Very much to my surprise. Research wise, you may be right. Three is better. Howvever, with everything, we are ALL different being sharing similiar structures, however, nothing is 100% for everyone.