A new study challenges the common perception of appropriate appetite control and weight loss.
According to researchers, eating two large meals versus six small meals with the same number of calories a day can help you lose more weight.
The study's findings were presented at a American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago.
Researchers found that people with Type 2 diabetes who ate only breakfast and lunch lost an average of 1.23 points in body mass index (BMI), while those who ate six small meals lost an average of 0.82 points.
BMI measures body fat in relation to a person's height and weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a BMI of 30 or higher constitutes obesity.
"Our results support the ancient proverb, 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,' researcher Hana Kahleova of the Institute for Clinical and Experimental in Prague, Czech Republic, told conference participants.