Timing and frequency of meals influence weight loss or gain.
Researchers analyzed information from more than 50,000 participants and discovered four important factors associated with a decrease in body mass index (BMI):
- Eating only one or two meals per day.
- Maintaining an overnight fast of up to 18 hours.
- Making breakfast or lunch the largest meal of the day.
- Making breakfast the largest meal resulted in lower BMI than making lunch the biggest.
PositiveTip: The two factors associated with higher BMI were eating more than three meals a day (snacks count as a meal) and making supper the largest meal of the day.