Many people say that if you want to lose weight without feeling deprived, you can try eating small meals multiple times a day. Although this may seem logical, a new study by researchers from the University of Missouri featured on ScienceDaily.com has revealed that this kind of diet may actually prove counterproductive, especially for women fighting obesity.

Lead author Tim Heden and his team worked with eight overweight women for 12 hours for two consecutive days to see how eating often can affect blood sugar and blood fat levels. For the duration of the trial, each participant was asked to consume 1,500 calories in two different ways: by downing three 500-calorie or six 250-calorie liquid meals. Blood sugar and fat levels were tested every 30 minutes within the 12-hour timeframe.

Results showed that participants’ blood fat levels were lower after consuming three 500-calorie meals as compared to consuming six 250-calorie meals.

Heden further explains, "Our data suggests that, for obese women, eating fewer, bigger meals may be more advantageous metabolically compared to eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Eating larger meals less often lowered blood fat levels. Over time, consistently eating fewer, larger meals each day could lower the women's blood-fat levels and thereby lower their risk of developing heart disease."

So instead on indulging on small snacks within the day, try to eat healthy and filling meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This way, not only will you be helping your body metabolize properly but you’ll also be able to control and maintain your weight and save a few more pesos.

(Photo by Rachel Andrew via Flickr Creative Commons)

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