Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross shares why women have to eat more to lose weight.
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Question: Why do women have to eat more to lose weight? Dr. Carolyn Ross: There is 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've 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. Then you may overeat. You may have fasted all day and then only eat at night. 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. In order to generate - 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.