I don’t know what I think about this. I noticed a few things from doing this experiment:
1. Whenever I ate breakfast in the morning it made me hungrier for lunch earlier, and hungrier in general.
2. Sometimes eating breakfast made me feel like I was waking up, sometimes I felt like I was waking up soon after I ate.
3. Dinner became less important to me. I usually ate breakfast, then had a pretty decent sized lunch, then wasn’t that hungry for dinner.
4. I expected to find myself with more energy, but that didn’t really happen. I didn’t notice much difference.
5. I gained about 5 lbs. That may not mean anything though, I had lost about that much just a couple weeks prior due to stress. I could have gained it all back naturally or it may have been because of the change in my eating habits.
My take away from this experiment is this: I don’t know if it makes a difference how often, or when, I eat. Some diets advocate eating several small meals throughout the day, some say breakfast is the most important meal, some say you shouldn’t eat after a certain time of day. I don’t know if any of that matters, I’ll have to do more experiments. But for me, the most sensible way to work my meals is this:
To eat when I’m hungry, but before I’m starving.
To not eat unless I am hungry.
And, obviously, to just eat normal sized portions.
Other than that, I’m not sure time of day or frequency of meals matters that much.
Three meals a day? For now, it doesn’t seem that important.