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Bloomberg News: Two Large Meals A Day Tops Six Mini-Meals For Weight Loss

By Meg Tirrell | Jun 23, 2013 | Bloomberg

Eating two large meals a day yielded more weight loss than consuming six mini-meals with the same number of calories, according to a study that challenges the common wisdom on appetite control.

Over 12 weeks, people with Type 2 diabetes who ate just breakfast and lunch lost an average of 1.23 points in body mass index, or BMI, compared with a loss of 0.82 point for those who ate six smaller meals of the same nutritional and energy content. The data, in a small study involving 54 patients, were presented today at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago.

The study builds on previous results disproving the theory that eating more frequently improves weight loss. That pattern, thought to work because it helps control appetite, was shown to produce no more weight loss than three regular meals in a 2010 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The latest report eliminates one additional meal.

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Quite the opposite for me, I snack every 2-3hrs to stave off the

big hunger "pangs" on lunch & dinner (thus I do not indeed feel hungry at those meals; I am not diabetic; along with modified Paleo)...and I ended up losing 49lbs, a little over a year.

I'm now at 135lbs, well within my BMI and I never felt this better since (lean, lighter on my feet, joint pains simply faded away, stopped B/P pills & statins by my primary MD)..my college years (same current weight). I am now 47.

If the "eat often" plan is intended to control appetite,

then why are they comparing the results of people on both plans who consume the same amount of calories? Doesn't that negate the whole claimed advantage of the "eat often" plan: that appetite will be controlled and fewer calories will ultimately be consumed.

Plus, I think the effectiveness of a weight loss plan has to also consider how much effort it takes for people to stay on the plan. Real life dieters are not going to behave like monitored test subjects...so if the appetite is controlled by eating often, it will be easier for those dieters to stay on the plan.

A better test would be to give different dieting instructions to two samples of people who don't even know they are part of a study, and then measure their weight loss after a lengthy period of time. That would tell you which plan is more effective in real life.

Real life study has been

Real life study has been done...

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Six meals probably keeps

Six meals probably keeps serum insulin levels elevated all day, preventing one from burning fat for fuel.

No supper for you!

Bloomberg: 0 fat. 0 protein. 0 sugar. Nutritionally worthless!

Please do not consume Bloomberg ®

Side effects include: Starvation.

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