The Benefits of Eating One Meal a Day

Megan Fox and Retired General Stanley McChrystal

Megan Fox at Hollywood Life Magazine at 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, eats one meal a day.
Megan Fox at Hollywood Life Magazine at 7th Annual Breakthrough Awards, eats one meal a day. | Source
Retired General Stanley McChrystal eats only one meal a day and he is 60 years old now. Wikipedia lists all the medals that he is wearing. Ben Franklin says "To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals."
Retired General Stanley McChrystal eats only one meal a day and he is 60 years old now. Wikipedia lists all the medals that he is wearing. Ben Franklin says "To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals." | Source

Eating One Meal a Day

I have been eating one meal a day for over 20 years. It saves me a few hours a day that it would take to buy, prepare, eat and clean up after the meals. I am not missing out on anything at all. I am not fond of things that I have to do.

Before writing this I searched the internet to see what I could find. I already knew that Buddha ate one meal a day and it looks the Buddhist monks only eat one meal a day. Although I feel that they should be allowed to choose what they want to do. Here is a webpage about this called Why One Meal a Day. It says:

The Buddha recommended one meal a day for health reasons.

I have been practicing the one-meal a day program for several years and have no problems with it.

Regardless, eating just one complete meal for the day has many benefits when one gets used to it, among them: much less time of the day worrying about food, more time to practice and much, much less sloth & torpor since there isn't the drowsiness after the meal.

Also Buddhist monks are only supposed to eat one meal a day. See Why do Monks Have Only One Meal a Day. Here is a video of 3 monks talking about this subject from people doing it.

Lost 165 Pounds

Many people use this one meal a day to lose weight. This webpage tells about a guy who lost over 100 pounds by doing this. He went from 363 pound to down to 198 pounds (lost 165 pounds). His blood pressure dropped from 152/117 down to 106/67. He says:

The Macedonians, the Greeks and Romans, our hunter-gatherer ancestors, not to mention the followers of Elijah Muhammed, all ate one meal a day.

To whom it may concern, here is how I did it. You should ignore the haters and armchair dieticians out there and give it a try if you have serious trouble with obesity, are a binger [binge eater], a psychological eater, or otherwise struggle with serious resistance to other, more lenient programs.

Megan Fox

Here is the Examiner article called Megan Fox reveals one-meal-a-day diet (see picture above from this). This article must have been taken down. It says:

Megan Fox is widely considered one of the sexiest women in the world, but her diet may raise some eyebrows.

Megan told reporters on the red carpet that she normally eats only once a day because she hates to cook and doesn't feels hungry. "In my normal life I eat maybe once a day at 10 p.m.," said the willowy 5-foot-5 Fox.

I have a personal trainer who is supposed to come three times a week.

The picture above is retired general Stanley McChrystal. Wikipedia says that he only eats one meal a day. Wikipedia says about General Stanley McChrystal:

Lead all forces in Afghanistan.

Some people think that by eating one meal a day my metabolism will slow down and I will be obese. Others think that I will not be able to get enough calories so I am starving to death. Both are right.

One side of my body is emaciated and the other side of my body is obese. Actually if both are happening then they cancel each other out. People do ask me if I get hungry and I say "no." The reasons that people get hungry is when they are full, they feel pain and that makes them stop eating. But when their stomach is no longer full, they stop feeling the pain so they associate that with hunger. I do not feel hungry having an empty stomach.

Note that many of these sayings come from the food industry that wants you to eat a lot of food and eat it often so you can get fat and eat more food. There is a saying "Milk does a body good." Can you guess where that comes from? The milk industry that sells the milk of cows. Breakfast being the most important meal comes from food industry. They have a financial investment in your eating massive amounts of food. If you are obese, the food industry is doing their job. If you are thin, the food industry is doing a bad job. That is why processed food is so fattening.

The information about why you should wear sunscreen comes from the drug companies that sell sunscreen (a drug). They just want you to buy it no matter how bad it is for your health. Psychology Today says that increased rates of depression are caused by sunscreen blocking out much needed vitamin D. So people are actually paying to become depressed. See why the Highest Paid Model in the World Not Wear Sunscreen.

Here is another webpage I found interesting called The Science of One Meal a Day. It says:

According to American neuroscientist Dr. Mark Mattson, in a research paper he published in a British medical journal called The Lancet in 2005, eating one meal a day is the healthiest and most natural way of life.

Dr. Mattson believes that eating one meal a day or one meal every other day can actually cut calorie intake by 40 percent. He and other researchers also suggest that such a diet can serve as a protection against diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as against cardiovascular diseases.

A webpage online called The Life has an article about the wisdom of eating 1 meal a day. From the book, The Hygienic System: Orthotrophy by Dr Herbert M. Shelton, originally published in 1935:

Dr. Felix Oswald says that “during the zenith period of Grecian and Roman civilization monogamy was not as firmly established as the rule that a health-loving man should content himself with one meal a day, and never eat till he had leisure to digest, i.e., not till the day’s work was wholly done.

For more than a thousand years the one meal plan was the established rule among the civilized nations inhabiting the coast-lands of the Mediterranean.

The evening repast–call it supper or dinner–was a kind of domestic festival, the reward of the day’s toil, an enjoyment which rich and poor refrained from marring by premature gratifications of their appetites.”

Dr. Herbert Shelton was a doctor of chiropractic and a doctor of naturopathic medicine. He fasted around 40,000 people so he was an expert on fasting. I cannot find the word "orthotrophy" anywhere except as a section of Dr. Shelton's books. So I guess it is a word that he made up.

From another article on the above webpage it says:

The Romans believed it was healthier to eat only one meal a day. They were obsessed with digestion and eating more than one meal was considered a form of gluttony.

Shape Magazine said:

Intermittent fasting (IF) is the hottest ticket in the nutrition world right now, with reported benefits ranging from improved immunity, faster metabolism, better insulin sensitivity, lower cancer risk, and of course, weight loss. While we'd all love these rewards, not eating for 24 hours or more can feel like a marathon of deprivation. A way to ease into it is to try to eat just one meal a day. People often find that once they get past the habit of eating all the time, they really don't miss the extra meals.

Intermittent fasting is fasting for less than 24 hours. After writing this article I found that a medical doctor was not eating lunch and had accidentally missed breakfast. He had less appetite and felt better so he kept it up until he lost 20 pounds. Then he got his wife to try it and she lost 30 pounds. See the fast-5 diet for weight loss article.

In this non-diet diet you eat for 5 hours and do not eat for 19 hours. He researched it a found it to be the most effective and it worked on everyone. He wrote a book on it. During this time he was working at the NCI (National Cancer Institute) trying to find a cure for cancer. If you want to avoid cancer or treat it the best way, make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and see Prevent or Treat Cancer!


Here is an experiment that you can do to learn about hunger. Get a little kid to accompany you while you do chores that he will find very boring. Then ask him every 2 hours if he wants to eat. Every time, he will say "yes." Now find an activity that this child really loves doing. Then ask him if he wants to eat, every 2 hours and he will say "no" until the activity is over.

Eating is a very pleasurable activity.

Hypoglycemia is very rare but its symptoms are identical to the body going into a fasting mode from not eating for a while. If I did not eat the next meal after 24 hours sometimes I would have the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Then I learned about fasting and would fast for 5 days and I would not get those symptoms unless I was fasting over a day. Then I continue fasting and the symptoms go away.

What is the above like? Did you know that smoking cigarettes is good for health? Why because if you stop you will feel terrible. But if you continue not smoking for long enough, those symptoms go away. They are from the body flushing out tobacco toxins at an accelerated rate. When your body goes into a fasting mode, it flushes out toxins at an accelerated rate.

How Do You Know

How do you know when the body is in the fasting or cleansing mode? A woman said that she cannot fast since she has hypoglycemia. She guessed that she had it since if she goes too long without food she gets the symptoms of low blood sugar. So I told her that when your body goes into the fasting mode, the tongue gets coated. So she emailed me saying "You sure know your stuff!" She had gone too long without eating and was feeling very bad. She checked her tongue and it was coated.

So the benefits of eating one meal a day is that it is healthier, can help people to lose excess weight and save you hours a day. People say "Time is money." So how much money is your time worth? The reason that I started eating one meal a day is that I wanted to meditate many hours a day and you are not supposed to meditate for at least an hour after eating. So I would do the meditation first and by the time that I got done it was time for dinner.

Also sleeping is good for health but there is one reason for this that people are not aware of. If someone says that fasting is bad for health, they are saying that sleep is bad for health since you have to fast to sleep. You cannot eat while sleeping. If you sleepwalk that is not sleep. If you skip breakfast then your fast continues. When you stop a fast you "break" a fast, like with breakfast.

Please take 90 seconds to listen to the following video of Dr. Oz talking to Joel Fuhrman M.D. He was fasted by Dr. Shelton mentioned above. Then he became a great doctor. He talks about what you eat and the hunger symptoms that people get. To eat healthy foods eat unprocessed foods that were made by God or nature instead of man. Processed foods are made by man. You can also see my article the Many Benefits of Fasting. I have fasted for 22 days on only pure water and nothing else and I also have an article on that. I fast for health. I have never had a problem with excess weight.

So what do people call fasting symptoms when they do no know the above. Wikipedia says:

Hypoglycemia (common usage) is also a term in popular culture and alternative medicine for a common condition characterized by shakiness and altered mood and thinking, but without measured low glucose or risk of severe harm. It is treated by changing eating patterns, i.e. eating regular balanced meals with reasonable portions and avoiding excessive sugar.

I have not had a cold, flu or headache in over 15 years. To learn more about this specifically see How to Avoid Colds and Flu.

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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

As long as the one meal is ingested slowly and enjoyed I can see the benefits. On the other hand, a friend will come in from a day at work famished and just inhales his one meal. Excellent food for thought.

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Harishprasad 20 months ago from India

This is incredible . I think if one adopts this regimen, s/he'll savor more food at a time because of more hunger and feel no hunger for a considerable time thereafter. The appetite will then adapt to the new pattern having no problem.

I once tried to skip lunch for a few days, but then I felt hunger and couldn't continue more, and then reverted back to the old pattern. This is indeed a unique and very interesting hub. Voted up and shared.

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alphaprime 15 months ago

I like it.

Anon 7 months ago

Not many ppl will be able to keep this type of ffast except those who are doing it for the sake of their lord....their driven by the commandments in their religion to do so and who knows you better than the one who created you. We fast for one month from dawn to sunset and eat once and small snack before dawn. And we continue do so on voluntary basis twice a week and this too has been proven by science as a healthy alternative to fight many diseases... I am happy and proud of my religion for every commandment has wisdom and many of which are now being discovered by science and this beautiful religion is Islam.

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Chuck Bluestein 7 months ago from Morristown, AZ, USA Author

The fastest growing health problem in the world is obesity.

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