The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the effect of weight loss from nutrient-dense, portion-controlled meals and snacks. The study was a prospective, single armed, lasting three months. All participants gave informed consent. For the first 3 weeks, the subjects (n=131) consumed three nutrient-dense meals and two nutrient-dense snacks, plus water. For the remaining 9 weeks, subjects (n=89) consumed 2 meals and 2 snacks.
Participants paid for the food upfront, and were rebated a portion, if they completed the data collection forms. Self-reported data included: anthropometric data, compliance with food intake, exercise, and on a scale of one to five assessments was made of: mood, sleep, hunger, tiredness, and gastrointestinal issues.
Bell S, Ling P, Marsland C. Nutrient-Dense, Portion-Controlled Meals and Snacks Promote Weight LossJ Food TechnolNutrSci 2: 006.