People with Type 2 Diabetes have always been told to have smaller and more frequent meals throughout the day rather than concentrate all daily calories in two main meals. However, this might not be the best practice.
In fact, based on the results of a study conducted by the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Prague, a two meals-a-day regime appears to improve the control of diabetes.
54 people with type 2 diabetes (aged between 30 and 70) ate 6 meals a day for three months. The same sample was then given two meals a day for other three months. Keeping the same total amount of daily calories, those following the two meals-a-day scheme showed a reduced weight and waist circumference. Eating two main meals per day (breakfast and lunch) lead to a more effective control of diabetes by promoting improved levels of fasting glucose, lower liver fat content and better insulin sensitivity.
This Czech reasearch only goes to prove a wise saying: “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”!
The study was published in the journal Diabetologia.