Not always. Eating healthy food as per the daily calorie intake requirement for your age and weight will not cause weight gain. Some health conditions such as Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s Syndrome, Menopause, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Depression, Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Narcolepsy cause weight gain unrelated to frequent meals.
As per the World Health Organization (WHO) website, a healthy diet includes ‘a variety of foods’ that are less in salt, sugars and saturated with industrially-produced trans-fats’. Nutritionists also recommend healthy snacking between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner to avoid feeling hungry.
Eating healthy meals as per the daily calorie requirement can lessen the portions of food consumed during main meals. Large meals are a hallmark reason for damaged metabolism and obesity. Overeating unhealthy food beyond the calorie demand often causes weight gain.
A (2019) research suggests, “A regular meal pattern including breakfast consumption, consuming a higher proportion of energy early in the day, reduced meal frequency (i.e., 2–3 meals/day), and regular fasting periods may provide physiological benefits such as reduced inflammation, improved circadian rhythmicity, increased autophagy and stress resistance, and modulation of the gut microbiota.”
In conclusion, eating healthy food often does not cause weight gain if the portion is within the daily calorie count. A nutritionist can help prepare a healthy diet plan as per the need.
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