|"As a kid, I got three meals a day,|
oatmeal, miss-a-meal and no meal."
- Mr. T
Three meals a day is a myth, a lie decided as fact, because it's what you want to believe, and because capitalism teaches us to eat as much as we can without killing the consumer.
I realize that many people are going to be very offended by that. The truth is, why you're fat, why I'm fat, really does come down to the fact we eat too much. We may try to justify our habits, blaming society or our metabolism, but the truth is, we're just eating too much, too often. However, even that modern cliche (calories in, calories out) is a bit of a fib. In fact, the way we've been brought up, the way in which most of us believe is, even if we're going to diet, a person must eat less, but yet we must continue to eat three or more meals. Yet if you take a look at eating habits of thin people, even in overweight societies (USA, U.K., Mexico), you discover something very interesting. Most thin people don't eat three meals a day. Most intermittently fast, some only eating a single meal a day (some two, some a meal and a snack). Those who do eat multiple meals, have meals that resemble snacks more than they do a meal.
But it speeds up the metabolism! False! It takes about three days of fasting for the human body to change the metabolic rate. So skipping meals does not reduce your thermal metabolic rate, and likewise, eating more meals doesn't increase it either. It's been debunked by numerous medical journals.
|Square meals, a measurement of fair proportions |
served as compensation to sailors in the navy on
square bowls or dishes.
In fact, unless you adhere to extremely low calorie foods, expensive lean meats, and have the willpower to abstain from almost every processed or fast-food, three meals a day will almost always lead to a caloric excess. There are always a few people who win the metabolism lotto, and there's always examples of people who do not fit this theory.
However, the USDA conducted a study showing one meal a day versus three, reduced the weight of those who participated in the study. UC Berkley's study on alternate-day fasting indicated a reduction in cancer and heart disease. Need further proof? You only need to Google the One Meal a Day Diet to find a significant amount of first person testimony that suggests that this is an effective means of regulating weight and health in the 21st century (and in the past).
|Lunch, literally means snack (or enough bread one can hold in their hand).|
via Edible Geography
In fact historically, humans have only ate one meal a day. A late-afternoon dinner between noon and sunset, after the work of the day, and before nightfall (remember artificial lighting hadn't been invented yet). This meal, called Cena in Roman times was seen as the defacto health requirement, just as three meals a day is today. In the Roman Empire, to eat more than once a day was seen as gluttony except in the case of a soldier going off to war. Dear me, the war is over.
In fact it wasn't until the religious rituals of the Middle-Ages that we humans begin partaking in breakfast, a compound word literally meaning to break the fast, such as Lent or Ramadan. As a result of fasting, a surplus of perishable foods, typical of what we eat today for breakfast, would be available to end the fast, commonly the morning after the last day of the ritual.
So where did three meals a day come from? The simple answer is the Industrial Revolution. Suddenly people were working all different hours of the day without breaks. It often become necessary to eat at the beginning or end of shifts in order to sustain oneself through labor. As wealth was gained from the industrialization, the bourgeoisie of Europe began adopting tea times, and soirees (social meals) to demonstrate their wealth. As a society however, it took the World Wars of the early 20th century to fully ingrain three meals a day into Western Society. Getting three squares a day was a benefit of enlisting in the military. Consider it the benefits package of the time. Once the wars were over and soldiers came home, they continued to participate in the trend by making three meals a day their cultural standard. Of course, who would argue against a full stomach now that Western-style capitalism and mass consumption fueled our economies, and created the new middle-class which would be able to have their cake and eat it too (so to speak).
So the bottom line is three meals a day is a lie. If you're fat like me, you're going to find it really hard to rewire your brain from your cultural brainwashing. More importantly, you're going to feel like your abusing your children if you submit your family to this change. Yet the truth is, everyday, people all around you have either discovered this on their own, or never grew up with the same programming you did. It's not going to be easy to overcome this lie, in fact, I haven't been able to do it myself. However, having tried every other way of losing weight in my life, and this method being the only successful way for myself; I feel it's worth sharing the truth, and for you to decide for yourself.
Can a lie be made that so many people believe in it, that the truth destroys us?
According to the World Health Organization, 74.1% of Americans are overweight.
The fast-food industry in America is growing and made about 200 billion dollars in profit last year.
For comparison, that's the military budget of France, Germany, U.K. and Japan.... combined.