Eating One Meal a Day vs. Six Meals a Day
The Most Natural Way of Eating
Eating one meal a day may seem like a crazy concept to you. It might even seem impossible or too hard to keep up, but in all actuality it’s really not. In the early age of humans this is how they ate. They would spend the day hunting and gathering food and have one big feast at night. They didn’t have a problem with keeping up that lifestyle, they didn’t have a problem with slow metabolisms or low energy, and they didn’t have a problem with obesity. It was the most natural way of eating for them. If you think about it too people feel most satisfied when they eat until they’re full and then stop, not when they eat small amounts throughout the day while never settling that hunger feeling.
The Rise in Obesity and the Six Meals Craze
We all know that the media pushes for people to eat six small meals a day. They claim it will rev up your metabolism, keep you less hungry, and solve the obesity problem in the United States. The only problem is people never had a problem with eating throughout the day, in fact, that’s what led to the obesity epidemic in the first place. The truth is it doesn’t really do anything major to your metabolism. You’ll burn maybe 10 more calories a day if you’re lucky, but that will be offset by how many more calories you will most likely consume. It also would take three days of fasting to have any noticeable decrease in your metabolism. If you eat enough calories in a day it doesn’t matter how you spread it out.
The more you do something, the more you want to do it. The more you eat, the more you will feel like eating. Everybody’s probably experienced this, when you start eating more often you start to feel hungrier instead of full. It might be during the holidays, or if you stay home for a few days but the more you eat, the more you start to think about food and want to eat more. That goes for almost everything in life. A lazy person will find it hard to be active, an active person will find it hard to stay in, and even a cigarette smoker will find it hard to quit. Most of them say that it’s not even that it was addicting but because of habit or routine. In the end, eating six meals a day makes you want to eat more. You may be motivated enough in your weight loss goals to control your intake, but for the majority of people it’s not easy.
Why Eating One Meal a Day Helps You Lose and Maintain a Healthy Weight
Eating only one meal a day can actually make you eat less, because you are forming less of a habit to constantly eat. You are also able to eat until full so it’s really not a challenge at all, and it’s easy to keep up. You can choose the time of day you want to eat, although it’s easier to eat at the end of your day. You can easily lose or maintain your weight with this way of eating. Most people lose weight without having to monitor anything, but some may still want to monitor how much you’re actually eating so you don’t get too carried away.
When you eat this way the body is able to clear out and detox properly between meals. This gets rid of the excess water weight that added extra pounds and bulkiness to your figure, as well as fat from the reduction of calories. It’s kind of a dual effect. This way of eating might not be for everyone but if you’re tired of constantly eating, being obsessed with food, or if you feel like your eating plan is making you more bulky than slim, it just might be something worth trying.
Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day
- Increased Productivity
- Decreased Appetite
- Weight Loss/Better Weight Management
- Maintain Ideal Weight
- Increased Mental Clarity and Awareness
- Increased Energy
- Better Health
Tips For Starting Out
- Start by eating 3 meals a day and work down to one meal.
- Make sure you are consuming enough calories or you will be hungry and risk slowing down your metabolism.
- Choose to eat at a time of day that works best for you.
- Start by eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day and one meal at night.
- Avoid snacks and other processed foods. They are addicting, and they don’t satisfy hunger.
- Don't focus on being perfect.
- Never sacrifice health over perfection. If you feel light-headed at any point - Eat!
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© 2013 Michelle Barnes
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