A study on animals at Ohio State University found that skipping meals alters metabolism leading to increased risk for abdominal weight gain. In this study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance. Granted, the food-restricted mice lost weight compared to controls, but they gained more belly fat, which is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and the metabolic syndrome. The researchers conclude that, “…you definitely don’t want to skip meals to save calories because it sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss.”
A study from Ohio State University found that keeping food in plain sight or in multiple locations around the house leads to a greater risk for overeating and obesity.
Kliewer K, Ke J, Lee H, et al: Short-term food restriction followed by controlled refeeding promotes gorging behavior, enhances fat deposition, and diminishes insulin sensitivity in mice. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 2015; March 13th.
Emery C, Olson K, Lee V, et al: Home environment and psychosocial predictors fo obesity status among community-residing men and women. International Journal of Obesity 2015;April 28th.