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How many meals a day?

How much to eat meals a day?

It is widely believed that one should eat at least three meals a day and even more, namely:

1. first breakfast

2. second breakfast

3. lunch

4. tea

5. dinner

This view is common, but is right? Some eat only one meal a day, but start in the morning and ends going to sleep (or eat without a break). Both of these methods are bad and leads to overeating.

In both cases we are dealing with abnormal habits that I have already mentioned in the first part of the book. Normally, a person should eat so often and in such amounts as are necessary for the proper functioning of the organism.

If someone has a small energy demand and eat one or two meals a day (provided that they do not overeat), providing the proper composition of the food it is good. If someone has a very high energy expenditure, it certainly needs to eat more and more often, because one-time meal would be, in this case too abundant. In such a situation it is better to eat several smaller meals.

In the feeding newborn infants there is the notion of "feeding on demand", which is when the child demands it. It is a very good approach to the topic, because results from physiology. Similarly, young mammals fed by their mothers. Unfortunately, small children are generally overfed by their caregivers, leading to obesity and scooping these pups (!) bad habits.

This may surprise you, but this tiny child no longer develop their habits that can persist throughout life and be difficult to get rid of. With time, people overgrown in other habits related to nutrition is what I wrote in the first part.

For your example, I can say that I rarely eat breakfast, sometimes eat an apple or tomato and live quite well. I never fell down from hunger, nor fainted. I can easily run all day and eat a leisurely dinner without fear of starvation.

Of course, I consume fluids. I'm not saying that it must all, but it is possible without self-denial or starvation. I will say more. When you eat a larger meal the previous day (too big eg. because of the event), then the next day I even did not eat and it is good.

Many people have lost the physiological hunger and replaced them improper habits. That is why they have problems.


This point corresponds to the previous one. If you are not hungry, do not eat breakfast "by force". If you eat a meal "exaggerated", it's only yourself you harm. You eat, when you start to feel hungry. Food "in reserve" is a serious mistake.

This applies to all meals.

Sipping liquid food

In this regard, the most frequently encountered with the idea that you should not drink bites of food with liquid. This is explained by the fact that the fluid is diluted gastric juices and hinders digestion. Man emits an average of 2.5 liters of gastric juice throughout the day, so if we divide it into 3 meals, it will come more than 0.83 liters per meal, so drinking a glass of liquid (0.2 liters) does not cause any disaster.

We must admit, however, that the billet sip a better solution is fluid intake a half hour to an hour before a meal .. The fluid gets into the duodenum rapidly and is absorbed, and at the appropriate meal no longer causes the dilution of gastric juice.

The best solution is to separate admission of fluid and a separate food intake of solid in such a way that first the liquid and then feed of solid. Then no conflicts between replenishing water in the body and ensuring the supply of energy and essential nutrients.

One must also realize that of solid foods are not dry, but also contain a large amount of water, eg. fruits (apples, pears, oranges etc.).

Spices and favorite flavors

You have to realize how habit of sweetening (or excessive sweetening) eg. tea is bad for us.

Suppose you want us to drink, so we drink tea (sweetened). Instead of adding to water shortages, we adopted as water and plenty of energy in the form of sugar - energy that just did not need, and which will be converted into body fat. Where, for example. It's warm and we have increased the demand for water, drink a few glasses of sweetened liquid, gives us "overtime" a lot of energy (excess), and all this because of the unfortunate habit of sweetening.

Of course this is not just tea or coffee, but a variety of juices, nectars, compotes, etc.

Excessive salting food is very harmful habit, because it leads after years generally to the formation of arterial hypertension with all its consequences. Quite the prevailing view is that soft-boiled egg or scrambled eggs to be salt.

I do not sole, and through it so the egg does not taste me less, but more. Most of the nutrients contains in itself a natural right amount of salt, salting foods us do so sensibly and "sparingly".

Animals (except for elephants to go in certain places to eat salt and micronutrients; perhaps other animals like complementary food shortage) does not salt food that consume and happens to them for this reason no harm. Farm animals,eg. cows. horses and other nobody Adding salt to food, and all is well.

Animals living in the wild, eg. On the field or in the woods, would not even where to get salt and cope very well, but a man "improves" the natural state of affairs of harm to themselves.

Similarly, the spice sharp. They cause unnecessary and damaging mucous membrane of the gastrointestinal tract. After swallowing such a spicy meal, you usually drink a lot of fluid to neutralize the stinging. Some heavily savory actually do not give a sensation of taste, just a burning sensation.

You could say what someone eats so spicy dish that does not feel such. Flavored pasta, but the very paprika and pepper. Might as well eat whatever with the same amount of spice and flavor effect would be the same.


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