Do people who have one meal a day weigh more than those who have three?

I don't know when the idea that eating six "small" (compared to what? A typical fast food indulgence of a day's worth of calories in one sitting?) meals a day, and even grazing, is better then three for weight loss came in vogue, but it definitely doesn't appear in any of my 1950s diet and health books. 

A new study suggests that "eating two large meals a day yielded more weight loss than consuming six mini-meals with the same number of calories." I find that very interesting, but I would love to see a study that shows that people who have only one meal a day (that lasts all day long) weigh more than those who have three meals in a day!

In other news my guinea pig Casper is doing well after his surgery!

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  1. I haven't read the study yet. The more meals we have the greater chance for calorie creep.

    Years ago I read an opinion by a doctor from the early nineteen hundreds that recommended two meals a day.

    I have done IF for years.

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    1. Hi, Dr J. IF = Intermittent Fasting?

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  2. I know for me personally I loose the most with 3 1950's size meals a day plus an healthy snack in the afternoon and a homemade dessert after dinner.

    If I try to have six "small" meals a day they either end up being a normal (1950's)size and I eat too many calories or small enough but I feel like I'm hungry all day and never feel satisfied. I then either have to stay hungry all the time or give in and end up overeating.

    Two meals a day has worked ok but I feel really tired in the morning since my meal are midday and evening. I did loose the most weight the fastest at one mean a day but not on purpose and it wasn't healthy. I was so busy with work, school, and kids that I forgot to eat until nightime. I was also a smoker so sometimes I would just smoke when I was hungry.

    It may be outdated by today's standards but 3 square meals a day seem to work best for me.

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    1. Mrs. M you strike me as a very sensible "outdated" eater!

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  3. Yay for Casper! So glad he is doing well. And I totally agree with the 3 meal a day vs. mini meals. It's so much simpler, too- you don't have to carry food in your purse everywhere you go and it is so much more satisfying to sit and eat a normal-size plate with friends and family.

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    1. Thanks for your support of Casper. He is a very special little guy.

      "You don't have to carry food in your purse." ha that cracked me up. :)

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    2. One other thing, and you're spot on- eating, especially dinner in the 1950s wasn't just about consuming. It was social!

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  4. I say do what works for you. Personally, if I don't eat every 3 hours, I end up overeating out of "overhunger". The equation is simple! I understand that it might be different for other people.

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    1. You're right- we all have to do what works for us, with the key word being "works." I spent much of my life trying to work eating all the wrong foods in the right portions and always gained weight. I tried eating the right foods whenever I wanted thinking that was the answer, but I lost in the game, too. I do snack but really enjoy having 3 distinct meals.

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  5. I tend to start the day off with freshly squeezed veg/fruit juice, then have a meal mid-morning and another mid-afternoon...after that I may have a cup of tea with some nuts or a boiled egg as my last meal...I find if I eat any more than that in the evening, I start to gain weight. Different strokes, I guess.

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