Why the obese should eat six meals a day
OBESE people should eat six meals a day, experts say.
Greek researchers found eating six small meals a day was better than three large ones.
They found more frequent eating - while keeping overall calorie consumption the same - led to better blood sugar control.
Experts at Athens University Medical School tracked 47 participants, who all had type two diabetes or prediabetes, for 24 weeks.
Presenting their findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference in Lisbon, the study also found eating more frequently kept hunger levels down.
Greek researchers found eating six small meals a day is better than three large ones.
WATER CONTAINING 'GOOD' BACTERIA MAY COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A bottle of water a day that boosts youngsters' 'good' bacteria may combat childhood obesity, research revealed in June.
Water containing a prebiotic supplement should make obese children a healthy weight after just one year, a study found.
This is compared to a 17.6lb (8kg) weight gain among children receiving a placebo, the research adds.
Study author Professor Raylene Reimer from the University of Calgary, said: “Powdered fiber, mixed in a water bottle, taken once a day is all we asked the children to change, and we got, what we consider, some pretty exciting results - it has been fantastic.”
Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients, such as fiber, that act as fertilisers to stimulate the growth of bugs in the digestive tract.
Probiotics specifically introduce new bacteria into the gut.
Improves blood sugar control and reduces hunger The researchers, led by Dr Emilia Papakonstantinou, said: “Our 24-week weight maintenance study showed that using a six-meal pattern instead of threemeal, while containing the same overall calories, improved blood sugar control and reduced hunger in obese people with prediabetes or full-blown diabetes.”
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