We’ve all heard the popular medical advice that you should have three square meals a day, that frequent, smaller meals are best and that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But are any of these maxims really true?
For years, I’ve found that my energy levels seem to be a lot higher when I don’t eat breakfast. I’m now experimenting with not eating until around noon with no eating after 8 pm. That leaves a 16-hour period where my body is fasting. So far, I’ve noticed my energy levels are higher and I don’t get the infamous afternoon slump. If it brings any other benefits, I’ll write about it in the future.
The Benefits Of Fasting
Science can now explain why low calorie diets are more healthy and intermittent fasting (eating every 16 hours) can lead to longevity.
A simple way to do this is to not eat 4 hrs after waking up, but rehydrate with lots of water as soon as you get up, and not eat 4 hrs before you go to bed. As most people sleep on average 8 hrs, this will give your 16-hr. fast. This is the routine I like to do as it is easiest to manage and I find has the most immediate results that you will feel on a daily basis.
Why 3 meals a day with snacks became the norm:
The normal 3-meal-a-day eating pattern with snacks and desserts came from the 9-5 work routine that was instilled in cultures around the world with the dawn of the industrial revolution. However, it is completely unnatural to eat when you are told to eat. Native cultures – before the European settlers arrived – actually ate a much less rigid routine, choosing rather to eat when they were actually hungry. This was considered ‘uncivilized’ and was eventually educated out of the cultures.
Many of my older relatives who are still alive into old age, 90+ tend to stick to the Hindu ritual of fasting on a weekly basis, similar to the 5:2 diet. Even then, during the day they would hardly eat much and usually only one main meal a day. I used to think they were crazy and backwards, but now it all makes perfect sense.