I cannot lie, I am one of those people that praises and advocates for the mini-meal revolution. Heck… I even just wrote an article that provides proof that mini-meals (The Top 3 Weight Loss Trends in 2013) can help a person not only to maintain their weight, optimize their health, but also to lose weight efficiently. Now there are reports all over the web that declare that perhaps, the mini-meal diet is not quite what it has been hyped to be. In fact, the latest research indicates that eating two large meals per day verses several mini-meals may be better for your health.
The study which was presented a few days ago in Chicago at the American Diabetes Association and took place within a 12-week time frame among 54 participants that suffer from Type 2 diabetes. The results demonstrated that those candidates,
“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.” ~News Max Health
The obesity rates in the United States is astounding, in fact statistics prove that more than 1/3 of the adult population in America is obese, not to mention those who are considered overweight. Being obese or overweight contributes to the increasing risk of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. It is also proven that weight loss that affects BMI positively can help benefit a person in terms of improving tolerance of glucose and insulin production which in turn benefits overall health in a plethora of ways including the prevention of heart disease, stroke risks, hypertension, and more.
In addition, it was stated at the meeting that the study also suggests that the timing of the meals and frequency eaten were very crucial to the results of the research performed.
“Eating earlier in the day — just breakfast, between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and lunch, between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. — is associated with better results than skipping breakfast.”
Consuming only two meals a day, instead of mini-meals also resulted in an increased sensitivity of insulin and a decline in liver fat content.
Although this study severely contradicts the notion of mini-meals being effective for weight loss, it still supports the old adage that “skipping breakfast is bad as well as eating heavier meals at night can hinder weight loss and promote weight gain.”
I guess we will have to hold our breath, until another study contradicts this study’s findings