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Eating Once A Day Has An Unexpected Effect On Your Cholesterol
The One Meal a Day (OMAD) diet is a type of intermittent fasting that restricts your eating to a single meal a day so your body can resort to burning fat rather than food for fuel.
The OMAD diet may help reduce fat, but the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says it affects cardiovascular health, increasing LDL and HDL cholesterol and blood pressure.
Per Neuroendocrinology Letters, one who eats smaller, more frequent meals has lower fasting triglycerides and higher HDL cholesterol levels than one who eats three meals or less.
Combining the results of 21 randomized controlled trials, Clinical Nutrition found that higher meal frequency is associated with lower total and LDL cholesterol levels.
You could change your meal times to help cholesterol levels when intermittent fasting. A 2019 Nutrients article said eating earlier in the day is better for your overall health.