Monday, June 24, 2013

No more micro meals! New study says eating two meals a day - as opposed to several small meals - yields more weight loss

It looks like less really is more when it comes to weight loss. 

A new study presented today at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago found that eating just breakfast and lunch, as opposed to six small meals throughout the day, was more successful at lowering body mass index - a measure of body fat based on height and weight....

The study tracked 54 people with Type 2 diabetes over a period of 12 weeks. 

Those who just ate breakfast and lunch lost an average of 1.23 points in their BMI, while those who ate six small meals throughout the day only lost 0.82.

Eating two meals a day produced greater decreases in liver fat content, while there was a bigger increase of insulin sensitivity with the six-meal diet. 

'Our results support the ancient proverb: "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,"' one of the study's researchers, Hana Kahleova, said in the presentation. 

Reduce: The study also points out that time of day is an important factor for eating. Eating during breakfast and lunch hours was more helpful for weight loss than late in the day meals.