This information comes from Dr. Yunsheng Ma at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Here's what he found after studying and surveying a thousand people:
- Breakfast skippers are 4Â½ times more likely to be overweight. Because missing your morning meal causes your blood sugar to dip. That makes you overly hungry and it quadruples the chance that you'll overeat later in the day.
- Restaurant regulars are twice as likely to gain weight--These are people who eat their dinner out. Because dinner eaten away from home tends to be higher in calories and fat. Plus, the servings are generally bigger than what you'd eat at home.
- However, if you buy your lunch everyday, you are 30 to 60% less likely to pack on pounds. The doctor says this is because a wider variety of healthy foods are available for lunch and the portions are smaller than what you'd get at dinner. And the last eating style that'll help you manage your weight--
- People who eat 4 or more small meals a day are 45% less likely to be obese - even if they eat the same amount of calories as someone who only eats lunch and dinner! Because the more you eat in one sitting, the more your insulin levels spike, triggering your body to store those calories as fat.