Medichecks provided the Daily Mail with a number of health tests for their study into whether snacking could be good for your waistline
Why snacking could be GOOD for your waistline: We're told it makes you fat. But when this non-stop grazer gave up for a month, she gained weight
For our grandparents, eating just three meals a day was the norm. But fast-forward to the 21st century and most of us have become grazers, snacking our way through the day - with supposedly disastrous results for our health.
Last week, a report by the World Obesity Federation warned that three-quarters of adults will be overweight or obese by 2025. One culprit? Snacking. I tend to have a small breakfast and lunch, then snack assiduously throughout the day.
But would I be healthier sticking to three square meals after all? Would I feel more energised? To find out, I stopped snacking for a month. But first I underwent a series of health tests.
After just ten days of hearty breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, I do feel different: I feel fatter. In fact, my waist is now 31 in, and I've gained 4 lb. Two weeks later, I've ballooned to 8st.
I'm annoyed, but not surprised, partly because I've been overeating out of fear ('Nothing for another six hours!'). Normally, if I overeat, it's from hunger, and I naturally eat less at the next sitting.
Dr Helen Webberley, the medical director of Medichecks, where I had my tests, says: 'If you cut out meals and starve yourself, your body will cry out for something instantly gratifying, high sugar, to get your blood sugar up really quickly, or high fat.'
Read the full Medichecks article in the Daily Mail