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Why skipping a meal could mean more belly fat

Eating just one large meal a day might sound like it makes sense as a weight-loss tactic, or perhaps on those rushed days when you haven’t eaten breakfast and you don’t have time for lunch. But skipping a meal could be doing your body an injustice and even mean holding onto more fat.

A new study published by the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry shows that if you binge on one meal but starve yourself for the rest of the day, it may not work for your weight-loss goals.  When the study evaluated the effects, they found that the restricted diet (one large meal) had caused gene changes that promoted storage of fat cells – even bigger fat cells – especially in the abdominal area.

Instead opt for smaller and regular meals throughout the day, along with the recommended 8 glasses of water to properly hydrate. Eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with 2 snacks in between can mean you’re fueling your body for continuous energy while still having the stamina to power through your treadmill workout.

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