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August 2015 Issue

Eat More Often, Weigh Less

People who eat more frequently throughout the day tend to weigh less, according to researchers from Imperial College in the UK and Northwestern University in Chicago. The researchers analyzed data from 2,385 individuals during the period of 1996-1999. Participants who ate fewer than four times over a 24-hour period had an average body mass index (BMI) of 29.0, consumed an average of 2,472 calories, ate more calories in the evening, and tended to have alcohol in the evening. Those who reported eating six or more times per 24-hour period, had an average BMI of 27.3, consumed 2,192 calories, and ate more low calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as vegetables. A BMI of 18.5-24.9 is considered normal, a BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight, and a BMI of 30 or higher is obese. While this study does not prove higher frequency of eating causes a healthier weight, it does suggest that this behavior may be linked with improved diet quality and lower BMI.

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, April 2015