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    Nine small meals a day may help you shed kilos

    Nine small meals a day may help you shed kilos

    Instead of three square meals a day, eating little and often is healthier, and one should have as many as nine meals every day, experts have claimed.

    Consuming little food at intervals may help lower BP and cholesterol, and even encourage weight loss, the Daily Mail reported. In a recent study, scientists from the Imperial College, London, compared the diets of more than 2,000 people from the UK, Japan, China and the US.

    While they all had the same calorie intake and food, half the participants ate fewer than six times a day, while the remainder ate more than six times. The study found that the first group had a significantly higher systolic blood pressure - the pressure that blood exerts on vessels while the heart is beating - compared with the more frequent eaters.

    They were also significantly heavier. Researchers are now planning a larger trial involving 50 patients with high BP who will eat either three or nine meals a day to assess the effects of the different regimens. As well as their blood pressure, patients will have their insulin level, glucose and fatty acids recorded.

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