Should I Eat If I Am Not Hungry?
There are many misconceptions about weight control and weight loss.
A recent publication by 20 weight control researchers pointed out other common misconceptions, myths and unproven beliefs.
One commonly held belief is that we must not skip meals and that skipping meals, like skipping breakfast, will make you fat.
That belief holds that if you want to lose weight, you should eat regularly and not skip meals. It turns out there is no good evidence to support these beliefs.
I have seen patients with Type 2 Diabetes who typically eat twice a day, forcing themselves to eat an extra meal.
Why? A dietitian told them they had to.
Of course, they all gain weight in the process.
Many people who skip breakfast do so because they eat late at night so they’re not hungry in the morning.
Others skip breakfast for other reasons.
But skipping meals does not translate into obesity and making an overweight person eat more frequently has not been proven to aid in weight loss.
One thing is clear, the more calories you take in, the harder it will be to take off weight. Eating based upon what time it is seems silly to me and is not supported by good evidence.
So don't eat if you’re not hungry.
And most important: reduce those calories and get more physical.
Daniel Weiss MD CDE FACP PNS CPI