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Does Skipping Meals Help You Lose Weight?

Does Skipping Meals Help You Lose Weight?

Jessica

By Jessica on December 20, 2013

Q: Is it true that’s it better to skip meals to burn fat and eat one large meal a day? I thought the body needs meals throughout the day, but I’ve been hearing this one meal a day idea from people and want to know if it’s true.

A: It’s recommended that you eat 3 main meals and 2-3 small snacks per day. Your body and your digestive system can only process a certain amount of food and calories at once. If you only ate one meal a day, your body would simply just store the food it couldn’t process. Your body also wouldn’t be able to maintain regular glucose blood levels, which could be very dangerous, especially if you’re diabetic.
 
 The other negative effect of one large meal per day is that your metabolism would slow down, which could make you gain extra pounds. Eating more meals per day will increase your metabolic rate, which could help you lose weight. However, you need to make sure your meals are healthful and not full of calories.
 
 Basically, you need to distribute the calories you need to consume per day in those 3 meals and 2 or 3 snacks.
 
- Answer from Dr. German, a verified MD on JustAnswer

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