Debate Goes Round In Circles Over Three Square Meals

(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By KYW’s Medical Editor Dr. Brian McDonough

There are all sorts of theories about the best way to lose weight. Some say that eating multiple small meals is better than the traditional three meals a day.

According to a study from Purdue, sitting down to eat a real meal three times a day may be a better strategy for weight loss than grazing on several smaller ‘mini-meals.’

Overweight and obese men on low-calorie, high-protein diets felt more satisfied and less hungry when they ate three times a day compared to when they ate six times a day.

Is this the proper answer?

If you look at the medical literature, studies on whether eating frequency affects appetite control have had conflicting results.

One thing is clear. We all need to take time to eat properly and make good food choices. Eating on the run and relying on high fat fast foods can definitely add to weight problems.

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