Meal Count Mayhem

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Three meals, five meals -- a new study says throw all those meal counts out the window.
They say the only count that should matter is the calories.
British researchers published their findings in the "Society for Endocrinology" put this theory to the test.
They studied 24 women age 34 to 42 -- some were average weight and some were obese.
Each group was given either two large meals or given smaller meals but the calories were the same in the sum total of the day's worth of food.
They found the women who ate two big meals a day burned the same amount of calories as the women who ate smaller, more frequent meals.
The researchers said their conclusion is it's the amount of calories, not frequency of meals that matter.
Researchers did notice one small difference -- the obese women who ate more meals a day had more inflammation in their body after they ate, which is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

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