6. Eat three to four regular, well-balanced meals
Forget the advice that five or six small but frequent meals throughout the day are a way to boost metabolism. In a 2012 study, researchers at the University of Ottawa found that, so long as the same total number of calories was consumed, there was no difference in metabolism between eating frequent, small meals or larger, less frequent meals. But it’s best to avoid having a big dinner if you are trying to lose weight—instead, opt for enjoying a large breakfast. And your body does love a regular meal schedule; stick to set mealtimes throughout the day to maximize your metabolism and weight loss.