Although eating breakfast and not eating late have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, blood-vessel diseases and stroke, no clear guide regarding meal planning exists, the American Heart Association said in a scientific statement.
conflicting evidence about meal frequency,” Marie-Pierre St-Onge,
writing group chair and associate professor of nutritional medicine
at Columbia University, said.
said studies have shown that intermittent fasting and eating smaller,
frequent meals throughout the day is a healthy approach. Another
possibly good way to lose weight is fasting every other day, but the
long-term effects have not been studied and it’s unclear whether such a
plan can be maintained.
can see scenarios where intermittent fasting can backfire,” Penny
Kris-Etherton, the statement co-author and nutrition professor at
Penn State University, said.
said that theoretically, someone could fast one day, then eat two
days’ worth of food the following day, which would not be a healthy
approach. She warned against using intermittent fasting as a means of
losing or maintaining weight until more research is done.
also speculated about the effects fasting on a regular basis, for
times ranging from weeks to months, can have on someone who then
resumes eating every day.
consuming smaller meals on a more frequent basis has been shown to
lower cardiovascular risk factors, the effects on weight are
inconclusive. One study found that males had a lower risk of obesity when
they ate more than four times daily, but another found a greater risk
of weight gain.
is another drawback to frequent meal eating.
you eat five to six meals, it’s hard to create a meal that’s so
small that you aren’t overeating at each of the sessions,”
No ideal menu for healthiness exists yet, heart group says
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