Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Myth of Six Small Meals

This is from SuppVersity:
If you want my honest opinion, the only thing that's surprising about the following line you are about to read in all major science news outlets, today, is that it has taken scientists years to understand that "two large meals (breakfast and lunch) better than 6 small meals with same calories for controlling weight and blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes." This is a quote from the press release that was published along with a recent paper in the scientific journal Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) which "suggests that two large meals (breakfast and lunch), rather than six small meals with the same total calories, are better for controlling weight and blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes."... 
Eating more frequent makes you hungry and will shut down your metabolism

No, that's not a typo. In total contrast to what common stupidity... ah, I mean wisdom still says, eating more frequently will not decrease your hunger, and avoid the metabolic shut-down you'll experience on every energy restricted diet, sooner or later - on the contrary!

What eating frequent small meals really does [t]o the average lifestyle diabetic is:
  • leave him hungry even right after meals 
  • elevate plasma glucagon ("hunger"-hormone) and thus increase the conversion of glycogen back to glucose 
  • have his thoughts revolve around food 24/7 ...