A diet does not have to involve a drastic overhaul of eating habits, as new research reveals that just one portion-controlled meal daily can make a big difference in weight loss over a year.
In a study, a team of scientists at Cornell University found that eating a reduced-calorie lunch may result in a 25-pound weight loss over the course of a year. Moreover, subjects in the study ate about 250 fewer calories daily, but didn’t feel hungry or overeat later in the day.
“Making small reductions in energy intake to compensate for the increasing number of calories available in our food environment may help prevent further weight gain, and one way of doing this could be to consume portion-controlled lunches a few times a week,” said co-author Carly Pacanowski.
Authors of the study noted that their finding that the body doesn’t notice small calorie reductions is significant because it may point to a simple, inexpensive method of weight loss. Additionally, the idea of losing body fat can be a daunting one for some individuals, but this research suggests that it may be a simple matter of tweaking daily routines.