To Treat Diabetes, Skip Dinner

by | May 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM | Food, Health


Two big meals better than six small ones, researchers say.

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

“We confirmed the ancient proverb ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper,’” says the leader of a team of researchers that found eating just two meals a day can be an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes.

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The researchers split diabetic volunteers into two groups eating the same number of calories every day in either two meals or six meals and found that those who only consumed breakfast and lunch lost more weight, had lower blood sugar, and had better insulin management than those eating six meals a day, reports the New York Times.

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“The patients were really afraid they would get hungry in the evening but feelings of hunger were lower as the patients ate until they were satisfied,” the lead researcher tells the BBC. “But when they ate six times a day the meals were not leaving them feeling satisfied. It was quite surprising.” She added that the findings, as earlier studies have indicated, could be useful for non-diabetics who are trying to lose weight.

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