I just read about a study done (on mice) by scientists from the NIA (National Institute on Ageing) that links fasting to longevity. It was reported in yesterday's edition of USA Today.
The findings showed that mice who ate one meal per day, and thus had the longest fasting period, seemed to have a longer lifespan and better outcomes for common age-related liver disease and metabolic disorders.
"We think what's going on is when you stop eating for X-number of hours, your metabolism goes into standby mode. Your body fixes and removes all the garbage during this time." "When the next feeding comes, you are better prepared for the energy you're about to consume.”
The belief is that when you continuously eating, or snacking periodically throughout the day, your metabolism doesn’t have time to readjust or rest.
The scientist also said that there were no obvious negative side effects to the rodent fasting, and that the mice who chowed down once a day lived up to 40 percent longer than the ones that had access to food around the clock.
i am a big fan of scientific studies - but I also have lived long enough to be skeptical of new findings until they are reproduced by other studies. Also, findings that are specifically about nutrition and diet seem to be popular one year, and then are refuted a couple of years later.
However, the findings from this study seem to support what I remember as findings from an earlier study about a correlation between severe calorie restriction and longer life.
Personally, food ls such a source of pleasure for me, that I remember at the time wondering why anyone would want to live a long life if they could only eat such a limited amount of food.
(LOL. Well THAT statement certainly explains why I'm here on Spark People, doesn't it!!?!!)
Anyway, I do often eat only two meals in a day. It works for me. As a retiree, I don't eat breakfast much earlier than 9. Then, I eat the second meal anywhere from 3 to 4 -- the earlier, the better. I try not to eat anything after 6pm; it's just too late.
My friend, Janet suggested that sticking to daily routines would help me to stay on track -- and she is so right. Maybe I will try to stick to the routine of only two meals a day, no matter what I am doing that day.
We'll see how that works.