Sometimes you can’t win for losing. One study found that those who eat less often are more likely to be overweight. Researchers found that:
“on average, the normal weight subjects ate three meals and a little over two snacks each day, whereas the overweight group averaged three meals and just over one snack a day”.
Overweight people who have lost significant amounts of weight tend to gain it back and gain it back quickly. These people experience a slowing metabolism and hormonal changes that increase their appetites. Perhaps if you can just persist and keep the weight off over the longer term, say a year, you’d be more likely to keep it off.
According to another study that unfortunately that does not appear to be the case. The discouraging result after a year of maintaining weight loss: