New UK Weight Loss Study Shows Frequent Eating Complete Myth
Small and often has been a weight loss mantra for as long as we can remember. However this idea was recently exposed as the myth it is by a study carried out by the UK University of Warwick.
The study found that eating small meals frequently does not encourage weight loss or (as was once thought) provide a boost to the body’s metabolism. What was discovered was the ultimately healthy weight loss all comes down to counting the calories.
The UK researchers examined and studied 24 obese and lean females on separate days. The women were given either 2 or 5 meals over a 24 hour period which consisted of the same amount of calories to be consumed inside the 24 hour period. Test conducted at the end of each day revealed that the obese women eating 5 smaller meals actually ‘accumulated significantly higher levels of endotoxins’ than the women eating only 2 meals a day.
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The researchers were looking for evidence on whether the consumption of multiple meals could expose an obese patient to increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In previously conducted studies it has been shown that eating a high fat meal can cause low-level inflammation. It’s that low-level inflammation that has been shown to be linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Piya says their weight loss research has yielded two main findings:
“Firstly, that the size or frequency of the meal doesn’t affect the calories we burn in a day, but what matters most for losing weight is counting calories. Secondly, by carrying more weight, more endotoxin enters the circulation to cause inflammation, and eating more often will exacerbate this risk, which has been linked to metabolic diseases such as type-2 diabetes.”
The weight loss research was presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual BES conference in Liverpool.