We have been told for years that smaller and more frequent meals will help us to stave off hunger and help us to lose weight. New research is showing however that this may not be the case and that larger meals are the way to go. Eating two big meals during the day and skipping dinner could help with weight loss. There have been studies that have shown that intermittent fasting may help you to lose weight.
A study was performed in the Czech Republic and followed 54 participants that had Type 2 Diabetes for 24 weeks. They were split into two groups. Both groups reduced their daily calorie intake by 500 calories and contained 50-55% carbs, 20-25% protein, and 30% fats. One group ate three main meals per day for 12 weeks and had three small snacks between meals. The second group ate a big breakfast between 6am and 10am and then a large lunch between noon and 4pm. The two groups then switched and did the opposite diet for the next 12 weeks.
The results of the study showed that both groups lost weight and decreased the fat in their livers, but the group that ate the two larger meals lost more during the 12 week sessions. When you eat fewer and bigger meals it can lower your fasting blood sugar which means that the insulin in your body is working normally.
There were some concerns with the study, such as the fact that both of the groups may not have had the same daily caloric intake due to the snacking between meals. Overall however the research suggests that eating a bigger breakfast and lunch and skipping dinner or eating a very light meal for dinner can have weight loss outcomes.