I got pretty severe with myself, diet-wise, about two years ago, and stopped eating breakfast and lunch. I typically don’t eat until 2 pm, and I don’t overeat when I do start eating. Since then, I’ve dropped about 30 pounds. And I’ve recently gone (mostly) vegan to see if I can bring my weight down another ten pounds over the next year.
Anyway, I hadn’t heard of anyone using this method for weight loss. I knew there are some who skip breakfast, but not both breakfast and lunch. I wasn’t even sure it was a particularly healthy method for losing weight. But then I stumbled on the following in the New York Times today:
Mark Mattson, chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging, . . . believes there is merit to caloric restriction. It can help the brain, he said, as well as make people healthier and probably make them live longer.
Dr. Mattson, who is 5-foot-9 and weighs 130 pounds, skips breakfast and lunch on weekdays and skips breakfast on weekends.
“I get a little hungry,” he acknowledged. “But we think being hungry is actually good.”
I’m not particularly hungry on my diet. In fact, I’ve pretty much trained my body to be content right up to about 1 pm, when I actually do start to feel hungry and look forward to eating something at 2 pm (usually a salad). I’m not waiting all the way to supper time to eat. That, I think, would be unpleasant, and I’m not an anchorite.
My three typical food choices are soup, salad, and cereal, and I generally don’t drink my calories–I drink mostly water. No soda or coffee. I have a glass of wine every other day or so. Sometimes I have juice. As of about a month ago, I’ve dropped dairy products altogether. I use Flax Milk on cereal.
I eat very little bread. I feel good. I have energy. The diet is pretty much working for me. It’s nice to know that a serious researcher on aging practices something somewhat similar.