The more times you eat pork and chickens, the more likely it is you’ll end up eating the same number of meals in the week, according to a new study.
The findings come from a 2014 study led by researchers at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, and are the latest in a long line of studies suggesting the more we eat, the higher our chances of obesity.
The study analyzed the relationship between food and weight over the course of a year and found that for the average American, eating the equivalent of 1,600 calories per day was enough to get us through the week.
The average person eats around 800 calories per week, with the average person eating around 1,400 calories per meal.
So if we ate just 400 calories a day and ate just 1,200 of those, we would still only be able maintain about one pound of weight over a year, according a spokesperson for the researchers.
In the study, researchers from Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco, tracked the food habits of 3,500 people between 2005 and 2013.
Participants were asked to follow a strict diet and exercise program.
They were also asked to eat about 1,300 total calories a week, and the study found that they ate roughly one pound less than the average, meaning they would need to eat between 1,800 and 2,100 calories per month just to maintain their weight.
The researchers also measured the participants’ health and physical activity.
The participants who ate the most food each day were more likely to be overweight than those who ate less food and exercise.
Overall, the average participant who ate just over 800 calories a month was still heavier than the typical American over a 10-year period, which was an 11 percent increase in the number of pounds the participants were losing each year.
The study authors also noted that participants who were eating more than the recommended amount of food each month were also more likely than those eating less to be obese.
When the researchers adjusted for other factors, including physical activity, weight and BMI, they found that participants eating more food and exercising at a lower level of intensity had an average weight gain of 3.6 pounds over the same period of time.
So even though people are not eating more, their eating habits may be contributing to their weight gain, the study authors said.
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