Three Meals a Day May Be Better Than Grazing

Three Meals a Day May Be Better Than Grazing

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Three Meals a Day May Be Better Than Grazing


Turns out eating three square meals a day, like your mom or grandma told you, may be the best way to lose weight, according to new research.

In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about grazing, and how eating all these mini meals was a healthier way to go. But researchers from Purdue University led by Dr. Heather J. Leidy found that overweight and obese men on low-calorie, high-protein diets felt more satisfied and less hungry when they ate three times a day rather than six times a day.

Dr. Leidy, who is now at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was quoted in an article by Anne Harding, writing for Rueters Health. “There’s a lot of lay press about eating frequency,” said Dr. Leidy. There’s a general belief now that it’s better to eat little meals more often, she said, but “these mini-meals everyone is talking about don’t seem to be as beneficial as far as appetite control.”

The men in the study who ate the traditional three meals a day felt fuller in the evening and late at night and were not as tempted to snack, compared to those who ate six meals over the course of the day.

Click here to read more about the research study.

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