Eating Frequency and Weight Loss

Many Americans struggle with losing weight. They feel frustrated by repeated attempts at weight loss. Fad diets claim successful weight loss, but none of them are proven to work. It's clear that eating fewer calories is important to lose weight. But there is conflicting evidence on the specifics. One area of debate is when to consume calories throughout the day. Is eating three times a day best to achieve weight loss? Or is it better to eat more — or less — frequently? These are tough questions. Some diets suggest eating every two to three hours. Others suggest limiting it to three times per day or even only twice a day.
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