Should we be concerned about skipping meals regularly? Well, apparently not, as a new study suggests that eating three square meals a day has no known health benefits.
Abagail Caroll is one of the proponents of this new way of thinking. The historian and author of “Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal”, said in her book that the modern day meal schedule is based on a cultural practice that originated in Europe during the middle ages, rather than a scientific formula tied to any known health benefits.
If Carroll’s theory is anything to go by, does that mean there is no real harm in skipping breakfast — what many health experts termed the most important meal of the day? The answer according to Carroll, is yes. She even went as far to say that the emphasis placed on eating breakfast is a marketing message popularised by cereal and juice companies, the Daily Mail reported. To support her theory is research by University of Bath, which found that eating breakfast or not has no impact on maintaining one’s metabolism.
On the contrary, periodic fasting may, in fact, be the healthier way to go. A study published by the University of Southern California last year revealed that fasting has a positive impact on health. Experts say fasting for two to four days every six months forces the body into survival mode, causing old cells to break down. This in turn sends a signal to the body to re-build and regenerate the immune system.
If you’re left confused about what a healthy eating plan should look like, you might want to try this suggestion from Christopher Ochner, weight loss and nutrition expert at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. Ochner was quoted in Mother Jones as saying that instead of obsessing about meal size and frequency, eat when you feel hungry, rather than when it’s time for a meal. “If we can teach ourselves to pay attention to our own bodies instead of our environment, he says, “that might be the best diet of all.