Eat Three Squares: Research Supports It

Jun 1, 2017

In my books and at my virtual clinic for food cravers, I urge you to eat at least three meals a day and, above all, not to skip breakfast. Research done at the University of California, Berkeley, found that lower eating frequency leads to greater weight gain.

Is this you? You’d really like to sleep in or you’re rushing to start your day, so you’re tempted to make time by grabbing some coffee and skipping breakfast. You’ve been trying to lose weight anyway, and you may not really feel hungry that early. Or maybe you skip eating lunch, working right through, figuring you’ll lose weight.

Research is now in countering the strategy of eating infrequently in order to lose weight. The UC Berkeley Atkins Center for Weight and Health gathered diet data for 2,372 girls showing meal, snack, and total eating frequencies for two years. These were examined in relation to change in BMI (Body Mass Index) and waist circumference. They found that girls who ate less frequently gained more weight!

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