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Study: Want to lose weight? Don’t skip your meal

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Skipping meals is not the secret to effective weight loss. It only results in a higher body mass index, bigger waist circumference, and mental disorders.

At the University of Helsinki, a team of researchers surveyed nearly 5,000 men and women to determine changes in their weight, as well as the factors affecting their health.

Results reveal that a majority of the participants, unfortunately, gained weight throughout the entire decade, with women putting on an average of 0.9 kilogram and men, an average of 1.0 kilogram annually. Only 7.5 percent of women and 3.8 percent of men experienced weight loss during such period.

In women, giving birth to more than one child, discontentment in life, and frequent consumption of sweetened drinks were the biggest factors recorded. As for men, the team identified smoking as the strongest factor.

On the other hand, factors that helped in preventing additional weight in men include an increased weight when they were 24 and a higher educational attainment. For women, it’s physical exercise.

The research made by the team in Finland highlights the long-term benefits of refraining from conventional diets and following a regular eating pattern, whereas regular exercise and healthy eating habits are vital in managing weight.

Ulla Kärkkäinen, nutritional therapist and co-author of the study said, “Prior research has shown that approximately every other adult is constantly dieting. Even though dieting may seem a logical solution to weight management problems, it can actually increase weight gain and eating problems in the long run.”

This type of study is known as “chrono-nutrition.” In a related research, it’s defined as the analysis of the effects of nutrition on metabolism through observing regularity and frequency of meals.

This research, which was conducted by another team at the University of Cambridge, has proclaimed that eating regular meals for two weeks proceeded in lower insulin and cholesterol levels, not just in lean women but also among obese ones.

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