Three Square Meals?
We have all heard about frequent eating to protect our metabolism. A part of this myth is the idea that we need to eat breakfast, or worse, eat 4-5 meals a day. Mother Jones does a good job of outlining the research.
"The one thing that did not change was the overall amount of food that people ate—despite the fact that they had largely abandoned the active lifestyles of the farm in favor of sedentary ones in cities and suburbs. "People were still eating these giant country breakfasts," says Carroll. Soon, doctors reported that more of their patients were overweight and suffering from indigestion."
"In 1897, brothers Will Keith Kellogg and John Harvey Kellogg introduced corn flakes as healthy alternative to heavy breakfasts. (The pair had an ulterior motive: they wanted to spread the gospel of the vegetarian diet because it was part of their Seventh Day Adventist faith.)"
"it doesn't seem to matter much at all how and when you get your calories. In a 2010 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, one group ate three meals a day while another ate six. (Total daily calorie counts were identical.) Researchers found no weight or hormonal differences between the groups. In 2014, University of Warwick (UK) researchers found no difference in metabolism between a group of women that ate two meals a day and another group that ate five."
"mice who skip feedings are leaner and live longer than their non-skipping counterparts."