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6 Mini-Meals For A Mini-Me? Not Necessarily

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Many experts suggest that breaking the usual three square meals into several small meals throughout the day will help keep hunger at bay and energy levels high, ultimately leading to a few less pounds on the scale. Hey, it worked for Jennifer Hudson. But a recent study suggests that larger meals might trump mini-meals when it comes to losing weight.

A study from Purdue University in Indiana found that not everyone is satiated when eating smaller meals. “There’s a lot of lay press about eating frequency,” lead author Dr. Heather Leidy told Reuters Health. “These mini-meals everyone is talking about don’t seem to be as beneficial as far as appetite control.” The results have been published in the most recent issue of Obesity.

Dr. Leidy and her team investigated a small group of overweight and obese men and found that participants on a low-calorie, high-protein diet were more satisfied and less hungry when they ate three times a day than they were eating six times a day. All the men were consuming 750 less calories a day than they needed to maintain their current weight, so it’s impressive that hunger wasn’t an issue for them.

So is it time to give up your mini-meals and snacks? Not so fast – everyone’s different and at the end of the day, the best diet is the one that works for you. Do you find yourself ravenous at dinnertime and completely unable to control the urge to eat every last morsel on your already-large plate? Mini-meals might be the right solution for you to help keep your hunger at manageable levels throughout the day. However, if you have a tendency to over-indulge at every meal regardless of your hunger level, treating yourself to six meals a day might be a recipe for disaster. Point is, find what works for you.

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