Weight Loss Support - Ding, ding, ding... how many times a day to eat?

12-14-2008, 03:18 PM
Ding, ding, ding... how many times a day to eat? I just read some article where a celebrity would set her alarm on her phone every three hours to remind her to eat. All sorts of diets recommend this saying it keeps the metabolism revved up. However it just seems strange to constantly be eating, so for me three meals is what I like, and maybe a snack. How many meals do you eat? Three or more?

12-14-2008, 03:27 PM
For me, it's usually three small meals with snacking done in between.

12-14-2008, 03:33 PM
On weekdays, I eat 7 times a day: Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, two afternoon snacks, dinner, and dessert.

On weekends, I usually eat 4 times - brunch, snack, dinner, dessert.

12-14-2008, 03:34 PM
I eat 4 or 5 times a day depending on time and availability to my food.

12-14-2008, 03:44 PM
Snacking is popular these days, but if it's not for you, that's OK. The French style is meals with no snacking in between, and that works too. You have to be open-minded to new ideas, but also figure out what works for you.

12-14-2008, 03:45 PM
three to six, depending on how often I get hungry.

12-14-2008, 03:46 PM
3 meals and 3 snacks.

12-14-2008, 03:55 PM
I started out with the 3 meals, 3 snacks.

I'm now discovering that I need an even more substantial morning snack - I eat a good breakfast (~7am), but I always seem very hungry by about 10:30, no matter what I have for breakfast.

On the other hand, I'm realizing I don't think I need the afternoon snack (lunch ~1, dinner ~7). Go figure.

My after dinner snack was never very substantial. I don't eat any earlier than 6:30 and usually a bit later than that, and I go to bed by 10 (sometimes earlier!). So my after dinner snack is almost always just a piece of fruit and/or square (occasionally two) of dark chocolate. It's really more like dessert. Sometimes right after dinner, sometimes more like 9pm. I really enjoy that "snack," and I don't miss "real" dessert a bit during the week.

12-14-2008, 04:16 PM
I don't think there's any right answer, it's whatever works for the individual. I like the celebrity that had to be "reminded" to eat, heh ;) My stomach reminds me nicely when it's mealtime!

For the record, I eat at 7, 10, 12, 3, 5 and 7 (3 meals + 3 snacks).

12-14-2008, 04:24 PM
I eat 5 or 6 times a day. Breakfast 7:30, Snack 10:30, Lunch 12:30, Snack 3:30, Dinner around 6:00...and some days a small snack around 8:30 or so.
My meals are small...almost never over 400 calories and generally closer to 300. My snacks range from 100-250 calories. These days, in maintenance, I am aiming for around 1900-2000 calories a day, and I find that eating every few hours keeps my blood sugar up so I don't get hungry. It also makes it so I don't think about food all that much...eating is just something I do when it is time.

12-14-2008, 04:32 PM
I've only been eating two meals and sometimes 1-2 snacks. It's not on purpose, it's just working out that way. If I were hungrier, I would be eating more often.

12-14-2008, 05:12 PM
I honestly think that the only way to know how many times to eat a day is to pay attention to the sensations in your body. If you feel hungry, then I think that you should to eat. If you don't feel hungry, then don't eat. I think the popularity of eating small portions of food frequently throughout the day essentially comes from this ethos; that is, one of not constraining your body to be hungry only at traditional mealtimes and when society suggests is a sensible time to eat (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

When I am successfully losing weight, I allow my body to start to get a little hungry, and then I eat something. When I was putting on weight, I ate so frequently that I never had that sensation. Really, listening to your body and ignoring the clock is the way to go - whether that means you eat every three hours or stick to the traditional three meals a day.

For me, this is typically three meals a day with a small snack in the afternoon. The timing and size of these meals varies somewhat according to how hungry I am, what I'm doing and where I am, and of course, what I feel like eating.

12-14-2008, 05:26 PM
Lately I've been skipping my morning snack - I find I just don't need it.

Right now on weekdays I eat:
Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ afternoon snack ~ pre-workout snack (sometimes) ~ post workout snack ~ dinner ~ snack

On weekends I eat:
Brunch ~ late lunch ~ snack ~ snack ~ dinner ~ sometimes dessert


12-14-2008, 05:31 PM
3 meals a day, and maybe sometimes a snack in the evening. I'm not a fan of eating several small meals a day, I go big or I go home!

12-14-2008, 05:42 PM
I'm a work at home person, I get up late, don't eat breakfast until 9:30 or so, and I have been trying (if I remember) to do a morning snack like even v8 juice and almonds. But I think this grazing idea throughout the day does help, as then I don't build up the type of hunger to gorge, and that's when I stop at fast food. I just don't see how to eat 6-7 times a day like Clean EAting and other books say to do. Perhaps I will set my computer alarm though to remind me about my am snack or "booster" as some book called it - because we all need extra vegetables (I even bought myself a juicer to make juice myself) and a few almonds. I'm also moody, so eating snacks appears to help with blood sugar. This NOT eating to lose weight thing doesn't appear to work for moods.

12-14-2008, 07:07 PM
For the life of me I can't imagine having to set an alarm to remind myself to eat. That would never, EVER happen. I've been known to be forgetfull every now and then - but not when it comes to eating. I was never one of those folks who'd say, "Oh it's 2:00 and I've forgotten to eat". No sireee, not me.

During the week I eat about 7 times a day, sometimes 8. A bit less on the weekends.

It's definitely an individual thing. Eating small snacks throughout the day helps me loads.

12-14-2008, 07:18 PM
6-8 times a day, depending upon a variety of things (activity level, schedule, travel, etc.)

Eating less food more often seems to be one of those aha things for me.

12-14-2008, 08:12 PM
It's not that I've forgotten to eat necessarily, but because of years of screwing around with my system - over eating and under eating - my hunger triggers are messed up.

So I can eat a normal sized lunch and breeze through the next 6 hours w/out thinking about it - especially if I'm involved in a good book, a work project, whatever. Then suddenly it's 6:30 and I've moved beyond hunger into absolutely ravenous and I could easily eat plates and plates of food. And sometimes would. :)

So there are days that I do actually set the reminder on my computer so that I'll have my afternoon snack. It means that at dinner time I'm not so hungry that I'll suck down 1000 calories w/out thinking.



SBD Sass
12-14-2008, 08:16 PM
6 times per day.

12-15-2008, 08:20 AM
On most days, I eat 6 times a day. But there are also days when I eat 5x or 7x a day - it varies.
I definitely don't need any alarm clock to remind me to eat every 3 hours. My stomach does it happily for me. I am hungrier in the a.m. than in the p.m. I can barely last 3 hours after my breakfast. Around 5 pm or so, my appetite goes into a "stand by" mode and I can last longer without eating.

12-15-2008, 08:40 AM
I try to eat at least eat 5 times. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack then dinner. I do that to keep from binge eating at dinner. Dinner is always the time I over eat till Im stuffed and so if i am already slightly full, or at least not very hungry then the food just isn't quite as appealing

12-15-2008, 11:18 AM
3 meals 3 snacks, about every 3 hours.

12-15-2008, 01:46 PM
I eat 6 or 7 times a day. This way I never get to the point of being so hungry as I used to do and would eat everything in easy reach not even thinking about how many calories I would consume. Looking back now I shudder to think about how many I would eat mindlessly just because I had gone for hours without food.