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What Is The Ideal Number Of Meals Per Day?

One meal a day might be your best option

4 meals a day:

If you have an ectomorph or mesomorph body type, it might help you to take 4 small meals throughout the day instead of 2 or 3 large ones. This will come in handy when you start feeling tired, get cranky from hunger, or want to give your body extra time to recover.

Ensure that you eat only when hungry, eat 80 percent of your appetite, avoid big meals after dark, and finish your dinner at least 2-3 hours before going to bed. If you have hunger pangs at night time, drink a plant-based milk or dairy product with a touch of nutmeg for sleep or turmeric for better immunity. Spreading your calorie intake across four meals will suppress the urge to snack.

3 meals a day:

Once you've achieved good health, go on to eating three meals a day. This is a healthy lifestyle with a modest breakfast, a substantial lunch and a tiny supper before sunset, followed by 14-16 hours of intermittent fasting.

According to yoga, if you eat 3 meals a day, you're classified as a "Rogi," which means you have an inclination of getting diseases quickly. This is because of the undigested metabolic waste that builds up over time.

2 meals a day:

This is a great technique to eat according to yoga and Ayurveda. It provides you with a 6-hour gap between your meals, which is the Ayurvedic way of fasting in intervals. You're giving your body the opportunity to fully digest, absorb, and incorporate nutrients before putting another meal on board.

In yoga, someone who has two meals each day is called "Bhogi," which means "one who loves food."

1 meal a day:

When you've reached your ideal state of health and metabolism, you'll be able to adjust to this diet of one meal per day every 23 hours.

A yogi is one who has the ability to think intensely, has exceptional mental and spiritual abilities, and is aided by their light weight.

The ideal number of meals per day is different for everyone. If you want to stay healthy, three meals a day is the way to go. Two meals a day is optimal if you're looking to lose weight or improve your metabolism. And if you want to achieve maximal well-being, eating one meal a day is best. Make sure you're eating nutritious whole foods and listening to your body's signals whether you take one path or another.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any lifestyle changes.

Source: Nishteswar, Karra. “Ayurvedic Concept of Food and Nutrition.” Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences, vol. 6, no. 4, OMICS Publishing Group, 2016.

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