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How many meals did cavemen eat a day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 15, 2011 at 1:50 AM

I have been wondering this for a while... I have started doing the warrior diet and I feel awesome. Way more energy during the day and I am destroying people on the basketball court haha. Anyways how many meals did our ancestors eat a day? I know three meals a day is what we are conditioned to believe... but what if it is wrong. I heard eating one big meal every night is best because when you sleep your body begins to repair itself using all of the vitamins you ingested a few hours earlier. Let me know what you think!

516acc15d9046f4ad07e8332541cdd60

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on February 20, 2013
at 08:25 PM

agreed. No way you can know for sure, but im sure its pretty close to what everyones been sayin'. I personally feel like id die if i only ate at night, and i have continued to lose weight and am getting pretty ripped for exercising minimally, but keeping busy all day. I usually last until about lunch and then i feel like im going to pass out if i dont eat. Breakfast is my go to meal, but lately have lasted a bit longer. So i dunno. I change it up everyday. Most are two meals, lots are three meals, fasting a whole day once in awhile...

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on June 16, 2011
at 12:40 PM

So, I no longer do the one meal/day. And now i track my cals and macros closely. These days i eat from 3 to 5 meals per day and I consistently hit 2700-3000 cals per day. Just knowing how much effort this amount of cals is to shove down, I can confidently say that eating once per day for most if not all people would result in perhaps unknown but nevertheless real caloric-deficit.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:33 AM

Im with you Paul and Im a female. My RMR is 2400 calories and that with a V02 test done. Im fasting for around 18 hours graze a little before my workout and maybe eat an apple an hour before my workout and some tuna after then dinner i feast :) i lost 6 pounds in a little over a week doing this and still felt great :)

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on January 15, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Based on our concept of meals and required calories, it's hard to imagine they got enough food to last them a day let alone through a few scarce days. I had my RMR measured and I need 2200 cals to maintain my current weight. I'm not sure how I'd get that in one meal when I can't seem to do it in 3+

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on January 15, 2011
at 02:09 AM

If they had to travel long distances to find game, I bet the men "grazed" along the way too. A great looking bramble of blackberries would be hard to pass up.

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at 01:59 AM

I read somewhere that the women foraged and gathered all day while the men went out and hunted. I am a male so I am eating one large meal a day.. maybe women are better adapted to "graze" all day long? Interesting.......

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26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

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on January 15, 2011
at 01:56 AM

It's impossible to know, but using a little imagination:

Wake up after about 10 hours sleep and maybe eat a bit of something left over or maybe from a store of fruit and/or nuts

Head out to hunt (or forage) providing for a lot of physical activity

Possibly nibble on some found items through the day

Hopefully make a kill or find a good crop of fruits and veggies

Head back home dragging or carrying the carcass or foraging (more activity)

Prepare a meal and chow down

Relax and sleep the rest of the day

296b837795beec2ea6bfe5598e773a7e

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on January 15, 2011
at 01:59 AM

I read somewhere that the women foraged and gathered all day while the men went out and hunted. I am a male so I am eating one large meal a day.. maybe women are better adapted to "graze" all day long? Interesting.......

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on January 15, 2011
at 02:09 AM

If they had to travel long distances to find game, I bet the men "grazed" along the way too. A great looking bramble of blackberries would be hard to pass up.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on February 20, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Does it matter? "Because Johnny Caveman did it" is a bad argument. If you feel good and well fuelled on one meal a day, great! If you feel good on three, great! I can see the argument against constant snacking, but who's to say that 1, 2, 3, or 4 meals is optimal (if you can define optimal, which I think you can't), and who's to say if it's the same for everyone.

There are different protocols for healthy and sick people, and there are different protocol for different goals. Use the evolutionary argument to generate hypotheses, but not to rule your life.

516acc15d9046f4ad07e8332541cdd60

(63)

on February 20, 2013
at 08:25 PM

agreed. No way you can know for sure, but im sure its pretty close to what everyones been sayin'. I personally feel like id die if i only ate at night, and i have continued to lose weight and am getting pretty ripped for exercising minimally, but keeping busy all day. I usually last until about lunch and then i feel like im going to pass out if i dont eat. Breakfast is my go to meal, but lately have lasted a bit longer. So i dunno. I change it up everyday. Most are two meals, lots are three meals, fasting a whole day once in awhile...

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on January 15, 2011
at 02:03 AM

From remaining tribes there are many accounts of eating when they can throughout the day but usually one big meal, as it were, in the evening. Usually in the dark. Family gathers, meat is cut up and eaten by all.

Course who knows if the remaining tribes have anything in common with the habits of those who came before through all the years, with perhaps better habitats, etc.

Putting all that aside though, I feel very similar to you, OP. I have one Llarge meal about one to two hours before bed. Love it. I do usually end up prolly getting somethig like one meal's worth of food from a little snacking throughout the day, but as far as sitting down, preparing, enjoying it, there is one meal and it's at night, pretty much before bed.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on January 15, 2011
at 02:13 AM

Based on our concept of meals and required calories, it's hard to imagine they got enough food to last them a day let alone through a few scarce days. I had my RMR measured and I need 2200 cals to maintain my current weight. I'm not sure how I'd get that in one meal when I can't seem to do it in 3+

9272074a1095c9a13a3a1e28aa10014e

on June 16, 2011
at 08:33 AM

Im with you Paul and Im a female. My RMR is 2400 calories and that with a V02 test done. Im fasting for around 18 hours graze a little before my workout and maybe eat an apple an hour before my workout and some tuna after then dinner i feast :) i lost 6 pounds in a little over a week doing this and still felt great :)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 16, 2011
at 12:40 PM

So, I no longer do the one meal/day. And now i track my cals and macros closely. These days i eat from 3 to 5 meals per day and I consistently hit 2700-3000 cals per day. Just knowing how much effort this amount of cals is to shove down, I can confidently say that eating once per day for most if not all people would result in perhaps unknown but nevertheless real caloric-deficit.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 15, 2011
at 01:53 AM

I think they ate when they could. If they knew they were heading out for a long day of hunting they probably ate before they left. When they got back, they ate what they killed. I think breakfast and dinner are more probable than a lunch. But I am completely pulling this out of my @ss. ;) I have absolutely no idea what they actually did.

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on April 15, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Oh for Chrissakes---they most likely ate all day as they had food. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out. They ate "healtier" because that's what was available, and that's it. Life took a lot more energy to stay alive, and I doubt they worried about their calorie intake. Survival was an imperative.

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on February 20, 2013
at 05:40 PM

One meal a day here & i feel it does reflect how cavemean would've eaten, i can even see caveman gorging on a LOT of fatty meat after a kill, he probaly would've been fasting all day doing exercise aswell, then fasting or eating veggies/tubers/berries etc on non-kill days, the aboriginies eat copious amounts of meat when they make a kill

Caveman would've been very efficient, so if he wakes up not hungry he wouldn't have eaten

I think grazing on berries or nuts during the day is plausable, im never hungry until im cooking my evening meal so i don't eat during the day, but if i did it would be nuts & berries, recently i've been doing 22 hours fast/3 hours feed a couple hours before bed

I find i can get all my calories easily with a big salad, bacon & eggs, big bit of meat, butter, i don't count calories but im losing fat, gaining muscle & feel great

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:08 PM

  1. seens they had no education for time,thus theyed not hve lunch. al;so seens they had ton hunt the food or gather it . thus theyd had little time to get a third meal.infact they may had just one but two is the most, if the tribes had a great hunt ot a successful catches.

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