There are lots of different theories on this. I've been generally following "The Warrior Diet". This recommends undereating through the day and overeating at night. Some recent research has shouwn that having carbs later in the day is more satisfying and makes it easier to maintain a calorie deficit. John Keifer calls it "carb backloading" and has written about it recently. http://articles.elitefts.com/articles/n ... k-loading/
. The number of meals a day doesn't matter. The "carb-backloading" method requires training late in the day. "The Warrior Diet" is usually training early in the day. Both are different that the conventional approach.
See this critique and especially Jimmy Smith's comments in the bottom. http://byebellyfat.com/does-carbohydrat ... loss-work/
Is short, try different ways and stick with what works for you.