Thursday, September 18, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Eat more, weigh less

Obviously drinking soda, being a couch potato and not exercising will contribute to an increase in weight, but does eating more meals a day help support a healthy weight?

Eat more, weigh less

By Justin D’Ancona

A study done by Indiana University found that over an 18-month period, students who drank soda, spent excessive time in front of the TV or computer and did not participate in team sports, were more likely to gain weight.

Really?! I would have never guessed.

Obviously sarcasm, but the interesting tidbit I took from this research was that students who ate meals irregularly and less frequently, were also candidates to gain weight.

More coverage

“Encouraging students to maintain a regular meal pattern with at least three meals a day appears to be a good strategy to help students achieve healthy weight," Dong-Chul Seo, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, said.

The researchers also supported the recent city taxes on soda and sugary drinks. New York City has controversially banned super-sized sugary drinks.

As a college student, I know how difficult it can be to find the time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would rather use that extra 20 minutes of sleep before my 8 a.m. class than spend it cooking an omelette.

The “three-meal-a-day” approach seems simple enough to follow, but for many it’s still difficult to implement. There’s been so much emphasis on eating several, smaller meals. Which nutrition plan is more beneficial, and which yields better weight management results?

Source: Indiana University news release.

About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Latest Videos
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected