Does eating two meals a day help with weight loss?

June 18, 2024 | 08:38 pm PT
Every day, I only consume two large meals to decrease my calorie intake and expedite weight loss. Is this approach effective? (Linh, 22, Thai Binh)


Consuming only two meals per day is often thought to aid in weight loss, however, improper meal timing can actually cause numerous health issues. Weight loss is determined by several factors, including total calorie intake, the quality of food, physical activity levels, and overall lifestyle, rather than just the frequency of meals.

Two bowls of oatmeal. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Two bowls of oatmeal. Illustration photo by Unsplash

For safe weight loss, it’s important to follow a balanced and nutritious diet. It is recommended to eat sufficient meals at regular intervals. Instead of consuming two large meals, consider dividing your intake into three main meals and two snacks throughout the day. This helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and provides continuous energy.

You should also watch your portion sizes and avoid excessive consumption of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods. Engaging in more physical activity to burn calories, maintaining a healthy weight, ensuring adequate sleep, managing stress, and drinking plenty of water are also recommended.

For tailored dietary advice, consult a doctor or nutritionist to develop a safe and appropriate weight loss strategy.

Dr. Huynh Tan Vu

Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital

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