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Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- University of Warwick researchers are saying it’s a myth that eating five small meals daily will help you lose weight.
Proponents of that theory contend it reduces calorie intake, maintains constant blood sugar levels and prevents nutritional imbalances.
However, lead study author Milan Kumar argues, “The size or frequency of the meal doesn’t affect the calories we burn a day. But what matters most for losing weight is counting calories.”
The Warwick team examined the number of calories burned by 24 women who either ate two large meals per day or five smaller ones. Kumar and his colleagues said they wound up burning the same number of calories daily, no matter how they spaced their eating, so any loss of weight was negligible.
Furthermore, people who are obese who eat more frequently were at greater risk of inflammation that can result in diabetes.
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