Wren and Martin Chapter 38: Precis Writing, Exercise 148, Sample 3 | Precis Title: Overeating
Over-eating is one of the most wonderful practices among those who think that they can afford it. In fact, authorities say that nearly all who can get as much as they desire, over-eat to their disadvantage. This class of people could save a great more food than they can save by missing one meal per week and at the same time they could improve their health.
A heavy meal at night, the so-called “dinner”, is the fashion with many and often it is taken shortly before retiring. It is unnecessary and could be forgone, not only once a week but daily without loss of strength. From three to five hours are needed to digest food. While sleeping, this food not being required to give energy for work, is in many cases converted into excess fat, giving rise to over-weight. The evening meal should be light, taken three or four hours before retiring. This prevents over-eating, conserves energy and reduces the cost of food.
While rich people can eat as much as they want, they should not over-eat. These rich people could save a great amount of food by missing a few meals. A fashion with many people is the heavy meal at night called dinner. This meal can be forgone daily without loss of strength. Or a light dinner can be eaten three to four hours before going to bed which prevents over-eating, conserves energy and also reduces the cost of food.