If you want to lose weight, you might have more success eating big meals instead of numerous snacks. Robert Rickman has more on his health news segment on Saturday mornings...
According to researchers from the Czech Republic, eating a big breakfast and a large lunch is better if you're trying to control weight and blood sugar levels than six small meals a day.
The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, found that frequent eating of high-fat and high-sugar foods increased cholesterol stores in the liver and fat around the waist – but eating larger portions less frequently did not.
One group of 27 ate six small meals for 12 weeks, while the second had a large meal at breakfast and lunchtime. The groups then switched regimens and continued for a further three months. (Comments) Robert Rickman, WGNS news.
The experts took measurements of insulin sensitivity, liver fat content and the function of pancreatic beta cells – which produce insulin.
Body weight fell in both diets – but there was a greater loss for those eating bigger meals twice a day.