Sunday, December 21, 2014

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.

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“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.

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