Dr. Carolyn Ross wants you to see that in order to lose weight you need to eat more. Yes, she knows that may sound backwards. But she stands by it.
Many compulsive overeaters have erratic eating patterns. They go long stretches without eating, and then binge. But for a healthy metabolism, your body needs fuel at regular intervals. Eating three meals a day will ultimately drop more weight than eating only once in a day.
(Transcribed from video interview)
There’s a common misconception that if you eat less you are more likely to lose weight. I always tell the people that I work with that you actually have to eat more to lose weight.
If you are a person who is a compulsive overeater and you have been suffering with obesity most of your life, if you look at your eating pattern you will probably find that you go for periods of time with trying to cut back or be on a diet, and then you may overeat. You may fast all day and then only eat at night, and all of these types of eating patterns promote weight gain instead of weight loss.
The fact of the matter is that your body needs a certain amount of fuel every single day, every hour of the day that you are awake, and in order to generate and rev up your engine, your metabolic engine, you need to supply it with that food.
So most people will find that if they start their weight loss program by eating three meals a day, every single day, including breakfast, which is the most common meal that’s skipped, they are more likely to lose weight than they are if they only eat one meal a day.
About Dr. Ross, M.D., M.P.H.:
Dr. Carolyn Ross, M.D., M.P.H., completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Purdue University and worked as a full-time mother of her two older sons before returning to school to complete her pre-med requirements. She then went to the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ross’s practice experience after medical school helped fuel her interest in understanding what makes people heal as she saw that most of her patients’ medical problems were related to lifestyle habits and the stresses of modern living.