Cavemen didn’t have a refrigerator and microwave in their kitchens, vending machines at work or a restaurant on every street corner. One meal a day was pretty much all many could expect.
Paleo Diet Plan for Healthy Life Style
Because a single meal a day is more in line with what humanity did in its earliest days, it could be a more natural way of eating for the body. In fact, some believe that eating one meal per day could the way to accomplish two goals: being healthier and losing weight.
But times have changed. Could this practice really work today?
The surprising answer is “Yes!” Eating one meal per day can be a great plan for being healthier and possibly extending the human lifespan, if properly applied. A lot depends on what that meal is and the overall lifestyle that it represents.
Of course, it goes against the conventional wisdom that advises eating several smaller meals and providing a constant amount of fuel to the system.
And isn’t the whole point of being alive now to do everything to excess? At least, that’s what some TV advertising seems to imply. One meal a day would have to be entire pizza, some chicken wings and a cheesecake!
But not so fast. Skipping meals and then overeating is likely to do more harm than good.
There’s also the danger that picking the wrong foods won’t supply all the necessary nutrients a body needs or else may cause negative changes to metabolism.
The one meal per day plan only works when that meal operates as the calorie replacement for the day, in nutrients as well as in number.
For starters, planning the single meal should take a page out of the Caloric Reduction handbook. It’s been shown to slow the aging process in animals by taking the daily requirement of nutrients and packaging it into a smaller number of calories. Restricting the adherent to a single meal avoids some of the snacking pitfalls that can doom an otherwise healthy diet.
The goal here is to turn eating into something designed to input the materials the body needs to survive. It is not something you do because the clock says noon and it is time to eat lunch because everyone else does.
That may be a deal-breaker for some. Going to a one-meal per day diet removes some of the social aspects of dining out that many find pleasurable.
Also, you really have to watch what you eat. But considering the payoff can be a longer, healthier life, that’s a sacrifice more and more people are willing to make.
Alfablue, August 2012