Source: New York Times.com
For people with Type 2 diabetes, eating two large meals a day may be better than consuming the same number of calories in six small meals.
Some diabetes experts recommend small meals as a better way to control metabolism; others believe eating three larger meals is better. Some believe it makes little difference one way or the other.
Czech researchers randomly assigned 54 diabetics ages 30 to 70 to a 12-week diet of either two or six meals a day. Both groups ate the same number of daily calories. Then the groups switched diets for another 12 weeks…
The differences were not dramatic, but compared with those eating six meals a day, those who ate just breakfast and lunch reduced their weight and waist circumference.
Those eating fewer meals also had improved fasting glucose levels, lower liver fat content and better insulin sensitivity.
“Not only our study, but others too, show that it may be more beneficial to eat a larger breakfast and lunch with a small dinner,” said the lead author, Dr. Hana Kahleova, a researcher at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague…
She added: “We confirmed the ancient proverb: ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.'”