Eating 5 Times a Day Shows Benefits
Young people who told researchers they ate three meals and two snacks—breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack—on weekdays had a lower body mass index (a ratio of weight to height that gives a rough measure of body fat) than those who ate four or fewer times a day. In this study, the benefits of eating more frequently were particularly strong among those participants at high genetic risk, as determined by genetic testing, for developing obesity. The study included 4,664 Finnish young people born in 1986, whom health researchers have continually monitored. The researchers don’t yet know why eating less often may promote obesity, but they say that encouraging a five-a-day eating plan may help prevent weight gain among young people.
Source: PLOS One, September 2013