According to Reuters, new research shows that normal weight adults ate more often than overweight people. This includes people who lost weight and kept it off.
Researchers following about 250 people for a year found that overweight individuals ate fewer snacks in addition to meals than people in the normal body weight range, but the overweight still took in more calories and they were less active over the course of the day.
“Most of the research has shown that people who eat more frequently have a lower weight,” said lead researcher Jessica Bachman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. “But no one knows why.”
Bachman also said, “It appears that being extremely physically active and eating more often helps them keep the weight off… Most commonly, they were walking at least 60 minutes a day 7 days a week.”
It is theorized frequent snacking keeps people from going into an extreme hunger mode. In other words, when you eat frequently, it keeps you from getting too hungry. When you don’t snack – you tend to eat a lot more when you eventually eat.
No matter what the “why it works” is – eating multiple small meals throughout the day seems to work much better than a few big meals.