No More Nibbling: Study Says Fewer, Bigger Meals the Key to Weight Loss
Plenty of experts have said the best way to keep your metabolism running and your waistline shrinking is to have several smaller meals throughout the day. Now new research says you may need to combine some of those small meals, says CNN.
Information presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions earlier this week suggest “intermittent fasting” is the key to weight loss. That means having just two large meals a day. Researchers tracked the diets of 54 people with Type 2 diabetes for 6 months. They were split into two groups randomly, with one group eating two meals and the other eating three main meals and three snacks. The results ran counter to the popular thinking:
Although both groups lost weight and decreased the amount of fat in their livers, the group that was eating only two larger meals lost more during each 12-week session. Eating fewer, bigger meals also led to lower fasting blood sugar levels, meaning that the body’s insulin production was working more efficiently.
CNN’s experts say that while this study does shed new light on the way we can eat to lose weight, it’s not really feasible to tell people to skip dinner. The study setup also means its difficult to track how many calories the three meal, three snack group actually consumed. Want to keep calories down? It’s best to have a large breakfast and lunch and a low-calorie dinner,