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Should You Eat Three Big Meals Or Many Mini Meals?

Should You Eat Three Big Meals Or Many Mini Meals?

The answer might come as a surprise: eating three big ones a day might help you lose more weight than ‘grazing’ all day—this is what new research seems to suggest.

In a study, Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana put overweight and obese men on a thrice-daily meal plan, with high protein and low calorie intake. The result: subjects felt more satisfied and less hungry than when they ate six times a day.

In another study, conducted by the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, volunteers were divided into two groups and studied for 12 weeks. One group ate only two meals: breakfast and lunch. The other ate six small meals a day. Both groups lost weight, but surprisingly, it was the group that ate only two meals that lost more!

The explanation offered by experts is simple: the more times you eat during the day, the more amounts you are likely to eat.

However, eating only two meals a day is not practical for many Americans, especially those who find time to eat a ‘proper’meal only in the evening. For them, as for anyone wanting to shed the extra pounds, experts advise choosing low-calorie foods at dinner and upping the amount of daily exercise.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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10:17AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

Thank you.

3:29AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

I am borderline diabetic and need to eat small meals and often to keep my blood sugar even. Having said that, I have noticed recently that my small meals are getting larger! So I need to watch that!

1:29AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Thank you :)

3:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Ta

1:36AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Thank you........ very interesting!!

4:45PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Thanks

4:36PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

We should only eat when the body requires refuelling, and remember to not over fill the tank, lest it explode.

2:34PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

I can see the wisdom in what the article says, but in any event, if one is trying to lose weight, the person is supposed to be learning portion control whether it's six times or twice when they eat. Thanks.

8:00AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

I read 'Eat to Live' by Joel Fuhrman M.D. He actually explains this concept, of just eating three meals a day, a little easier. Thank you for the article.

5:37AM PST on Feb 19, 2014

It depends on who you are and how you can best maintain a healthy weight.

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