If you are dieting with a size zero figure in mind, think again!Researchers have found that skipping meals can ultimately result in abdominal weight gain.

“This does support the notion that small meals throughout the day can be helpful for weight loss, though that may not be practical for many people,” said senior author of the study Martha Belury, professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University in the US.

“But you definitely do not 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,” Belury explained.

In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers.

When the liver does not respond to insulin signals telling it to stop producing glucose, that extra sugar in the blood is stored as fat.

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These mice initially were put on a restricted diet and lost weight compared to controls that had unlimited access to food.

The restricted-diet mice regained weight as calories were added back into their diets and nearly caught up to controls by the study’s end.

But fat around their middles – the equivalent to human belly fat – weighed more in the restricted-diet mice than in mice that were free to nibble all day long.

An excess of that kind of fat is associated with insulin resistance and risk for Type-2 diabetes and heart disease

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  • Lillian Johnson

    Skipping meals leads to starvation and therefore in anticipation of the starvation body keeps on piling up whatever little calories the body is having and that is why starvation can lead to weight gain.

    I have tried the fasting diet before as well but I did not lose any weight. Instead I switched over to the diet which was recommended by lisa plog which does not involve fasting at all and lost over 22 pounds. This is because instead of fasting, the diet of lisa plog trains you to limit the amount of calories which you are consuming so that you are able to burn the calories faster and your weight actually gets reduced. Google for “lisa plog diet plans” and you would be able to find her diet.

    Not only does the fasting diet not help you but it actually makes you weak because the body would not be getting the nutrients which it needs for the normal day-to-day function.

  • Katie Galloy

    The best thing anyone can do is find a healthy diet you know you can stick to combined with a good exercise regime.

    I’m on the paleo diet myself and love it. I have lost a lot of weight and I feel much better with much more energy and positivity.,

    The beauty about the paleo diet is that whilst there is a focus on good foods, there are so many resources to help you make these into delicious recipes. I have written about one of my favourite cookbooks here: