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Miss a Meal, Gain Health

About weight loss cum health gain.

Now it is possible to lose weight and gain health by simply missing a meal or two! Yes, it is possible. By missing a meal you’re not only losing unwanted flab but also gaining golden points on various health counts. Fasting is an Indian ritual practised by most, irrespective of their religion. Indians here use religion as a convenient pretext to practise fasting. Some fast on Mondays, some on Fridays, some on moonless nights and some during festivals. People suffering from rheumatism, gout and arthritis do fasting on full moon days. Solar and lunar eclipses are also observed as days for fasting. However, this article is not about fasting, but about missing one and even two meals a day, and dramataically improving your health. Yes obese persons can turn slim by simply missing a meal.

Missing A Meal

In the sixties India was faced with a food shortage, complicated by drought conditions and inadequate monsoon rain in successive years. At that time one Minister had advised all Indians to miss at least one meal once a week. Those days a good number of people were living below the poverty line and managing with only half-a-meal per day against the Indian average of three meals per day. At that time we were in school and many of us compared notes about the number of meals we could comfortably manage to miss per week. It was really easy. Well, you may be surprised to know that the low-paid “muthiya” or porter of the Calcutta markets who loads and unloads tons of goods and lugs them to different outlets, has just one square meal a day. The meal comprises of 400 to 500 grammes powdered gram, mixed into a paste with water and taken with an onion and two green chillies! They have abundant stamina and energy to work tireless for 12 to 14 hours per day. So unless you are a weightlifter or wrestler there is no point in going in for heavy food intake three to four times a day and aiding obesity to take a flab-hold on you.

The Method

It is said that a person feels most hungry during breakfast time, and many advise to go in for a heavy breakfast. Some say they feel most hungry after returning home from school or office, and some just cannot do without a heavy snack at 4 pm. So first of all one has to analyse one’s present hunger pattern and find out the most hungry period of all during a 24-hour day. If you are unable to pinpoint any such MHP (Most Hungry Period) you can begin by slowly stretching breakfast, initially by an hour. After two days, stretch the delay by two hours. After the fourth day, stretch breakfast by  three hours. Then at the end of the sixth day you feel you can stretch it by another two hours, and hopefully you woul’ve avoided breakfast altogether. Time you took a break and had brunch at 1 pm. You will notice that you will have  hunger only for a little lunch, leave alone brunch. Why? First of all its not so easy as it sounds, to stay without morning breakfast for long four hours. The secret is to have a biscuit or two, 20-grammes peanuts or a raw cucumber in between, ie. before you feel pangs of hunger, so that the acid doesn’t eat into your empty stomach lining. At the end of a fortnight your bio-mechanism will become used to this breakfast avoiding routine, so much so that you can manage comfortably with the odd biscuit in between, and at times nothing, provided you are busy with some work or simply walking, cycling or driving along. On Sundays you can change the routine by opting for breakfast, and having all meals since all family members may like to share the table pow-wow together.  Or you can try missing lunch instead and having high tea with a heavy snack before evening. After a month you will feel like missing two meals a day. You can try if you don’t feel rundown and everything is at comfort-level. Whenever you feel uneasy, have a fruit, some walnut or pistachio. Missing one meal is easy, but missing two meals need a little more will power. Besides, theres no point in looking unfamished. Anyway colas, potato chips and pastries should be avoided as in-between snacks. Have enough water intake — tea, coffee or fruit-juice. Once in a while during a birthday party or office outing you can gorge on all the lovely foods you may have missed, no harm. Remember, you are not dieting or fasting, only missing a meal. This psychological assurance more than makes up for any guilt feelings which are likely to occur if you were dieting or fasting.

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  1. Going on starvation diets and then jamming yourself full of food is really bad news. But that is what many people do, believing that feast or famine is the way our bodies are designed.

    If you are really hungry, eat the foods that satisfy your craving. But eat slowly so that your digestion of that food can catch up with your appetite and stop eating when your hunger is curbed.

    Forcing yourself to go with out food when you are hungry will cause a rebound for the next allowed meal. You will then eat far more than if you hadn’t missed the first meal.

    It is simple, eat what you crave, eat slowly and do not eat if you are not hungry.

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