Eat two meals a day help lose weight?
Previous research suggests that the consumption of foods in small portions six times a day help lose weight. However, recent research reveals that eating two meals a day with the same portion of small meals six times a day is more potent to make the body slim.
“Our research proves that people with type 2 diabetes can eat two times a day in large portions if they want to lose weight,” said lead researcher Hannah Kahleova, from the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague.
A total of 54 respondents were involved in this study. They also followed the two types of diet for 12 weeks. The first six weeks of eating smaller meals six times a day, the next six weeks eating large portions twice a day.
Both of these portions have the same levels of nutrients – with a total daily intake reduced by 500 calories.
As a result, people with type 2 diabetes can lose weight effectively with second diet ordered by the researcher. However, eating breakfast and lunch in the form of a large portion is proved to show lower body mass index in respondents.
Body mass index alone is commonly used as a way to measure a person’s ideal weight. Usually a balanced body mass index is ranged between 18.5-24.9 points.
Unfortunately, the study received objections from some experts. One was Toby Smithson of the U.S. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
“For diabetics, it would be better if they control diet that is balanced, not just eat in the morning and afternoon,” Smithson said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
Likewise, Madelyn Fernstrom which is the diet and nutrition editor at NBC Today. According to him, three meals a day can be considered as schedule and the most ideal diet for everyone.
“Try to enjoy a healthy breakfast, add a serving meals during the day, then eat a light dinner. But do not forget to restrict calories in a day. It could definitely make the body lean without the hassle of eating two times or three times a day,” he said.
The results of the study led by Hana Kahleova was reported in the conference of the American Diabetes Association.