A new study indicates that eating less often is more effective than eating less. This means that skipping meals is better for you than calorie counting each meal if you want to live a long and healthy life.
The study was published in a journal called Nature Metabolism. Scientists studied mice that only ate once per day, mice that were fed a restricted calorie diet and mice that ate whatever and whenever they wanted. The mice that only ate once per day lived a year and a half longer than the mice that ate whatever they wanted. The mice that restricted their calories lived shorter lives than both groups.
In fact, calorie-counting mice did not show any improved health markers. They weren’t stronger, they didn’t have better blood pressure, they didn’t look better in their bathing suits.
Scientists say that this very likely applies to humans but more research must be done to study the long-term effects of fasting.