Two Meals a Day the Secret to Long Life?

No wonder there is so much confusion about what is the best way to lose or maintain a healthy weight and live a long and healthy life. There are so many conflicting recommendations, tips and tricks out there and if it is printed in a newspaper or magazine people assume it will work for them. Take this article my friend recently sent me about the oldest man in the country who says eating only twice a day is the key to him living to 113 years.

Two-meal diet aids in oldest man’s longevity

So what does the world’s oldest man eat? The answer is not much, at least not too much. Walter Breuning, who turned 113 on Monday, eats just two meals a day and has done so for the past 35 years. “I think you should push back from the table when you’re still hungry,” Breuning said.

At 5 foot 8, (“I shrunk a little,” he admitted) and 125 pounds, Breuning limits himself to a big breakfast and lunch every day and no supper. “I have weighed the same for about 35 years,” Breuning said. “Well, that’s the way it should be.”

“You get in the habit of not eating at night, and you realize how good you feel. If you could just tell people not to eat so darn much.” His practice of skipping supper began when he first moved to Great Falls from Minneapolis in 1978.

He gets up at 6:15 a.m. and has a big breakfast every day at 7:30 a.m. Usually it’s eggs, toast or pancakes. “You can order anything you want, just like a restaurant,” he said. “I eat a lot of fruit every day.”

In addition to eating fruit every day, Breuning also takes a baby aspirin. “That’s the only pill I ever take, no other medicine.” And he drinks plenty of water. “I drink water all the time,” he said, and just a bit of coffee. “I drink a cup and a half of coffee for breakfast and a cup with lunch.”

“If people could cut back on their normal weight, it wouldn’t be quite so bad,” he commented. “They just eat too much!”

Breuning started eating out 35 years ago, but said he doesn’t anymore. “Once you get used to not eating in restaurants, you don’t want to anymore,” he said. Besides, he’d rather eat at home, at the Rainbow Retirement Center.

While I like his overall theory and in general people (me included) do eat too much, but Mr. Breuning practices portion control in extreme. For younger, active individuals, eating only breakfast and lunch would just not be enough to get you through the day. Breuning also much have some great genes as I think that plays a much bigger role in his longevity than just what he eats (or doesn’t eat).

Keep in mind that everyone’s body is different and you should not immediately cut out one of your meals and snacks in order to live to be 113 years old. Keep your energy levels up with healthy foods so you can enjoy however many years you have left!


2 thoughts on “Two Meals a Day the Secret to Long Life?

  1. veggiebooty says:

    I think it’s worth emphasizing your point that he is *not* young and active. And, he started doing this two meals a day thing when he was 78. If at 78, I’m inactive enough that I’m not hungry for more than two meals, well, I’ll cross that bridge when I grow to it!

  2. modernation says:

    Such a good point to stress – thank you Veggiebooty! It is also important to understand the purpose and the motivation behind media and why they are telling a story the way they are. Use your common sense and good judgment to analyze the media that is out there.

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