A new study showed that increasing meal frequency could help in controlling obesity. This study indicated that people who eat more frequently during the day have almost half the incidence of obesity compared to people who eat less often.
It has been observed that people who take four (3 meals and 1-2 snacks) or more meals daily were 45 percent less likely to be obese. Moreover, persons who regularly skipped breakfast were 450 percent more likely to be obese. It clearly shows that skipping meals in order to reduce weight is not at all effective and such practices should be avoided.
This study also found that mostly eating outside is associated with weight gain. The possible reason behind this is the larger serving size and high-fat preparations of restaurants. There was no indication that eating at night contributed to weight gain.