In order to lose weight people usually tend to skip meals to ensure lesser calorie intake. However, studies show that it actually leads to frequent snacking episodes. This ultimately results in adding up to the weight rather than losing it.
In a study conducted on 1500 students it was observed that those students who ate just two meals (mainly lunch and dinner) tended to snack more frequently and the snacks they took were usually low in fibre and rich in simple sugars and salt. As a result they tend to end up taking even more calories.
The study showed that mostly students were skipping the most important of all meals i.e. breakfast. In fact, taking no breakfast can lead to decreased energy levels and it may also affect a child’s performance at school. Researchers therefore suggest that in order to promote healthy eating it is more important to check snacking rather than regular meals.
According to nutritionists, if one really wants to change his/her eating habits it is essential to take into consideration both aspects i.e. how often you eat and the combination of meals and snacks you take. As most of the students in the study were having their lunch at school and dinner at home, it is also recommended that proper and healthy food choices by parents and in school can make a substantial difference. In fact, children should be encouraged to eat smaller portions and take at least 3 vegetables and 2 fruits per day.