Skipping Meals Can Lead to More Belly Fat
A new study at Ohio State University suggests that skipping meals could lead to more belly fat and prediabetes, and also put people at risk for heart disease.
Researchers compared one group of mice that were allowed to nibble throughout the day and another group of mice that ate their food all in one go, then fasted. Throughout the experiment, researchers measured various metabolism indicators in the mice. They found that by the end of the experiment, the gorging mice had gained substantially more weight in their middles. They also detremined that the gorging mice had higher levels of inflammation, as well as higher activity in genes that promote storage of fatty molecules and plumper fat cells, especially in the belly. This could be attributed to spikes in insulin, which also affect the way the liver functions.
The findings suggest that a nutrition plan consisting of small meals throughout the day can be an effective approach to losing weight, while trying to do so by reducing meals to one big one could instead result in a bigger belly.