Structured eating studies

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Improved food behaviors do not lead to weight gain. Those who have gained weight as a result of their bulimia tend to lose weight when they stop binge eating. (Agras & Apple, 1997, p 42).


Athletes & metabolism study

A group of athletes were studied to see if their weight loss during training season affected their metabolism. The study found that weight loss did in fact affect their metabolism. However, after returning to normal eating their metabolism also returned to normal.

The University of British Columbia in Canada published a study on top athletes who endured a weight-loss process during training season. 

The study consisted of 14 competitive female rowers. Half of them went up and down in weight. They would lose weight purely for the training season and gain their normal weight back after the season ended.

The weight loss was approx 10-11 pounds during the first four weeks leading up to the championships. During this time their metabolic rate decreased to around 7% less. More importantly the females lost around 6 pounds of lean muscle (not fat)!

However, after the training season ended the rowers metabolic rate returned to normal, once they started to eat normally again.

Therefore there should be no reason why you  can't get your metabolism back to normal when you begin to eat normally again".

Please note: There might be an underlying medical reason why your metabolism is not functioning normally, please consult your GP for more advice.

Eat regularly for healthy cholesterol?

The British Medical Journal released a study that showed people who eat six or more times a day have approx 5% lower cholesterol levels than those who do not eat regularly.

The study shows that higher levels of insulin are associated with eating larger meals and these insulin levels are maintained if you go for longer periods of time without eating. This can alter fat and cholesterol levels in your blood.

“Heart disease can be reduced by 10% by lowering cholesterol levels”


The department of Nutritional Sciences in Canada documented in 'The New Journal of Medicine': That eating at regular times (at least every three hours) can help reduce levels of cortisol in our bodies.

Cortisol is a stress hormone and is closely related aiding fat to center around your stomach!


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