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Friday, February 15, 2008

Skipping Meals Can Be Good

A study found that skipping meals every other day could actually improve a patient’s health. In that study overweight adults with mild asthma ate normal meals one day. This was followed by a day of severely restricted eating, when they ate less than 20 percent of their normal caloric intake, or about 400 or 500 calories a day — the equivalent of about one meal. Nine out of 10 study participants were able to stick to the eating plan.

After two months, the dieters lost an average of 8 percent of their body weight, and their asthma-related symptoms also improved. They had lower cholesterol and triglycerides, “striking” reductions in markers of oxidative stress and increased levels of the antioxidant uric acid. Markers of inflammation were also significantly lower.

However, skipping meals during the day and then overeating at the evening meal results in harmful metabolic changes in the body.

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