Regarding two meals a day, it may sound strange to hear about a nutritional system humans have instinctively applied for centuries.
Modern medicine has accepted that frequent and multi-meal nutrition is beneficial for years. Thus, nutrition programs consisting of 5-6 meals for each person have been recommended and continue to be recommended by many health experts in our country. However, in recent years, a different nutritional system has come to the fore, which has started to be discussed more and scientific studies have been carried out.
Its scientific name is “intermittent fasting,” translated into Turkish as “intermittent fasting diets”; It shows that eating two or even a single meal is possible and has some health benefits.
This nutritional system, whose basic philosophy is to eat when hungry and stop when full, aims to expose the body to a systematic hunger for a certain period. This systematic hunger in the body; helps stabilize blood sugar, lower insulin levels and secrete growth hormones. It also increases fat burning in weight loss processes.
The most applicable and life-saving type is the Two Meal Nutrition. In this system, there is an average 8-hour eating window during the day, and snacks can be consumed together with two main meals if needed. In the hunger process that starts later, non-calorie drinks such as water, tea, coffee, and mineral water can be consumed. After the hunger process begins, nothing other than these drinks is consumed until the first meal of the next day.
This nutrition system, which especially delights those who cannot have breakfast, is a healthy alternative to the scientific view that makes breakfast compulsory for everyone. The person sets their first meal when they are hungry, thus relieving food stress.
The nutritional benefits of two meals can be listed as follows;
- In some studies, it has been seen that it is good for insulin resistance, regulates blood sugar, and reduces the risk of diabetes.
- It makes your life easier. You don’t have to think about what to eat all day.
- You listen to your body completely, eat something when you are hungry, and stop eating when you are full.
Studies indicate that systematic hunger can be beneficial against many diseases such as heart diseases and cancer.
What should be considered when eating two meals?
Since the number of meals will be reduced, it is important for people to carefully review the nutrients and energy they need to take daily and not get enough or too much energy.
People with low blood sugar, metabolic problems such as type 1 diabetes, or thyroid diseases should not try these nutrition systems without a physician’s approval.