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September 10, 2013 11:47 AM

Skip a meal to lose weight? Not so fast, some experts say.

Three square meals a day: For years we’ve been told they are essential to health. But popular dieting advice suggests that eating more meals – albeit smaller ones – may be a better approach, especially for those looking to shed extra pounds. Some new diets advocate going the other way: consuming only one small meal a couple of days a week followed by days of unrestricted eating.

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