For many years we have been told that small, regular meals are the way to go when it comes to optimising metabolic rate and supporting weight loss.
Now new research published by Deakin University researcher Dr Rebecca Leech has found that frequent snacking appears to be doing us more harm than good in the weight control stakes.
Over a number of studies, Dr Leech examined the relationship between meal timing, meal and snack size and the overall calorie intake of both men and women.
One of the analyses of more than 5000 Australian men and women's dietary intake over a 24-hour period found three distinct eating styles — those who had regular, conventional meals, those who had slightly later meals, and those who were grazers.
This was one of the first published studies to show such clear relationships between frequent eating, a higher overall calorie consumption and an increased risk of being overweight or obese. Read>>