For one of my birthday treats, my mom included a current issue of Vogue magazine. I’m not a regular reader, but I do enjoy a good magazine. I took it as my gym/elliptical reading on Sunday and was quite surprised by one article in particular. The Beauty/Health section was titled “Hunger Games: Is Skipping Meals the Secret to Staying Trim and Healthy?” by Kayleen Schaffer.
The main idea of this article is that our bodies were not designed to be snacking every three to four hours. Our ancestors, you know those prehistoric people running around in animal skins, didn’t. This method of fasting for a given amount of hours is called Intermittent Fasting. Some impressive-sounding data from the International Journal of Obesity noticed some improved cardiovascular health and better regulation of blood sugar levels in obese women. The article went on to mention some findings that said it may cause the brain to work harder thereby heading off cognitive disease. As a reader of many health publications, I have a hard time with this info. This flies in the face of all I’ve read! We should be snacking to keep our engine running/burning calories/performing at our best!
With that being said, I do notice that I sometimes eat my snacks just because it is time to. I eat at 6:00ish, 9:30ish, 12:00ish, 3:00ish, and then 6:00ish. Whew! That’s a lot of snacking! As an experiment, I’ve taken out my midmorning snack the past few days, and I must admit I don’t miss it too much. I have been trying to make sure I get more protein in my breakfast. Overall, I think I do a little mindless snacking at this time. It also is my busiest time of the day. I think I use the food time as an excuse to take a few minutes for a breather. Well, good news! I can still take a breather without food. I’m replacing it with lots more water which is a good thing as I’m ALWAYS dehydrated. Hate to drink, what can I say. What are your thoughts on this? Do we mindlessly eat for reasons besides hunger? I think the answer is yes, but we need to figure out the why part of it. I have to say I’ve been appreciating my lunch a little more too. Check out the Vogue magazine on stands now to read more details. It is a million and one pages long so turn to page 210 to get there quick.