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MelloFatto
08-03-2011, 09:09 PM
5 small meals or more? or three or more/less?

I noticed that the small meals works better for me but I just can't ever stick to it for some reason. I just get SICK of eating lol. Any tips?


xxkaleidoscopic
08-03-2011, 09:24 PM
I do IF, so I eat between 12 PM and 4 PM, with my last meal usually being at 3:30. I know what you mean about getting sick of eating though, haha.

Horo
08-03-2011, 09:34 PM
Usually, three meals and two snacks. Pretty standard, I think!


lin43
08-03-2011, 09:43 PM
I eat three meals (sometimes two) and often have some kind of small dessert at night.

abluvion
08-03-2011, 09:44 PM
If you're sick of eating so often, then don't! There is no rule that says you have to. In fact, research is mixed regarding its benefit (some studies have shown it makes you more food-focused to be eating all the time).

I eat 3x per day, breakfast lunch and dinner. If I am hungry before dinner and can't wait, I have a snack, but it don't need it every day. I make my meals big and satisfying enough to keep me for a few hours.

MelloFatto
08-03-2011, 09:50 PM
I know I don't have to, but it seems to work best for me.

joyfulloser
08-03-2011, 10:08 PM
I eat 6-8 times a day (b/l/d & lots and lots of snacking!!!:D)

ChickieChicks
08-03-2011, 10:12 PM
3 meals, 3 mid-meals. I'm at 1200-1400 cals, so I really have to space it out.

April Snow
08-03-2011, 10:15 PM
on my plan, I eat when I'm hungry, period. Some days that might be two meals, some days, it could be 3 meals and 3 snacks. I don't make myself eat, but I don't have to refrain from eating when hungry. (it has to be low fat and low/no carb but the amount is not limited)

toastedsmoke
08-03-2011, 10:16 PM
I eat 2-3 times a day. Most often though i try to eat a moderate breakfast, a snack lunch and a large dinner. I'm not one for little meals and pecking at food all day. I like to be full and I also like to limit my interactions with food. All that snacking and constant eating is a slippery slop to binge town for me.

wagfam
08-03-2011, 10:16 PM
I usually have Lunch and Dinner and a lot of snacks

Morning: coffee and a yogurt
Lunch (11am) whatever my hubby packs me
Snack(2pm) banana and a granola bar
Dinner (5-6pm)
snack (7-8pm)
icecream or a fudgcicle (not everyday but about every other around 9pm)

shishkeberry
08-03-2011, 10:23 PM
The only meal that I have consistently is dinner with my kids. Other than that I eat when I'm hungry. Sometimes that's two small meals and a big dinner and sometimes it's just dinner and some light snacks. Eating too many small meals can lead to binging for me. I also don't feel satisfied after a meal unless I'm really full. That's why I eat big dinners. But I try to cram mostly vegetables in there lol

RachelAnne
08-03-2011, 10:45 PM
I'm a HUGE snacker, so I eat 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 big meals. It keeps me satisfied and away from munching on things I don't need. My meals and snacks are scattered throughout the day....they usually last from about 10am to 8pm.

ahyessophie
08-03-2011, 11:08 PM
I eat when I'm hungry, but I always have breakfast. Lately it's been:

Breakfast at 7:30
Half of my lunch around 11:30
Half of my lunch around 12:30
a snack at 2:30
Dinner at 5:30-6

Weekends are more like two big meals because I sleep in :)

If I work out, I have something like a hard boiled egg afterward also. I might try protein shakes soon but right now I don't know enough about them.

rubidoux
08-03-2011, 11:23 PM
The only meal that I have consistently is dinner with my kids. Other than that I eat when I'm hungry. Sometimes that's two small meals and a big dinner and sometimes it's just dinner and some light snacks. Eating too many small meals can lead to binging for me. I also don't feel satisfied after a meal unless I'm really full. That's why I eat big dinners. But I try to cram mostly vegetables in there lol

This is a lot like me. I can't be eating all the time or all I want to think about is eating and I'll end up binging. I've gotten into a schedule of eating once a day around 6 or 7 pm. I eat a big satisfying meal, usually around 1100 or so calories (I also have between 125 and 250 cals worth of cream in my coffee during the day). Before I started experimenting with this way of eating, though, I didn't think I could last more than 3 or 4 hours without food, and I wasn't comfortable with that. Now I have tons of energy and I love my one big meal, but I don't think and worry and scheme about food any more.

Lovely
08-03-2011, 11:32 PM
Eh. I eat 3 - 6 times a day depending.

My only two "must" meals are breakfast and dinner. Sometimes I like a lot of grazing, other days I get busy doing things and wait until it's an actual "meal".

In what way do smaller meals more often tend to work better for you? Is it a mental thing? Or a scale thing?

It's sounds like it could be a little stressful for you to force yourself to eat so often. Don't stress :) On the days that you feel you can space things out evenly, do so. On the days you just want to have three meals, then do that. We already have so many other things to worry about, that as long as you're getting in your calories with the types of foods you want, you can always work on meal timing along the way when you can.

RJ 1980
08-03-2011, 11:52 PM
I eat when I want.... usually two larger meal and a few heavier snacks. I don't like to graze b/c it doesn't fill me and I like to feel FULL. I usually don't eat until 1 or 2 pm b/c I'm not hungry until then.

A sample day for me would be rice and shrimp at 2pm, a quesadilla or Lean Cuisine at 6pm, at 10pm a small meal or a few snacks of beef jerky and sunflower seeds, or popcorn. Coffee is thrown in there somewhere. I don't eat a lot of different foods, I tend to stick with what I really enjoy and can plan out.

uwfan27
08-04-2011, 01:08 AM
I always eat breakfast which clocks in around 300 calories (usually a homemade smoothie with protein powder or oatmeal with cottage cheese mixed in... yes, crazy sounding, I know) Then I typically will have a coffee mid-morning, sometimes with 2% milk, sometimes not. I'll eat my planned lunch, neighborhood of 250-350 calories. Snack between 3-4 pm of about 150-200 calories. Dinner, around 6 or 7pm, same calories as lunch. Usually no post-dinner snack, unless I feel like a sugar free popsicle or fudge bar.

Guess that means I'm eating about 4-5x a day :)

gagalu
08-04-2011, 01:41 AM
2 small/medium meals and snacks whenever i feel like

i usually total 1200 calories a day, with a few 1400 calorie days sprinkled in

i'm a casual IFer, and i usually don't eat before 2pm

JohnP
08-04-2011, 02:23 AM
I remember when I first started dieting ... and reading that you have to eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism stoked. Fortunately I found out this was not even remotely accurate.

Now I eat big meals and one snack.

I also intermittent fast so I haven't eaten breakfast for about 18 months.

cortandcooper
08-04-2011, 02:30 AM
My diet is calorie counting (with cycling, currently going for a weekly average of 1450 a day), with no other set in stone restrictions other than avoiding full sugar soda, trans fats and hydrogenated fats.

I usually only have two meals a day with some snacks. Sometimes a third meal but it'll usually just be a very low calorie salad or bowl of steamed veggies. I usually have a breakfast that has a protein shake or Carnation Instant Breakfast with some fruit or yogurt (sometimes I'll have some eggs instead, or fiber one pancakes with sugar free syrup), then a large late lunch/early dinner that varies greatly. That's not ideal according to some, but it has worked for me in the past, and I need to be able to have something close to a regular meal with my husband (ie - a meal that's more than 250-400 calories). Then I save some calories for a couple pieces of fruit or low calorie snacks in the evening if I get hungry again.

Having more meals than that a day makes me obsess about food, and makes me feel like my life resolves around eating. I don't like it.

Blondie160
08-04-2011, 03:36 AM
I can never be bothered with preparing food, so I eat some fruit for breakfast, lots of green tea and 2 protein shakes throughout the day and then a big dinner, I try and make it low carb but I generally will have whatever I fancy, I lose about 4 pounds a week doing this when I stick to it and it suits me fine!
And i also agree with cortandcooper, anymore than this and I become obsessive about food and when my next meal is coming!

NotJustALittleFat
08-04-2011, 08:27 AM
I eat about 5 times a day, three meals with a snack between. My breakfast is pretty moderate, just a protein smoothie (with fruit, honey, and milk). Snacks are small like a few baked tortilla chips with salsa. Lunch and dinner are about the same size, I get a protein with veggies, complex carb, fruit, and healthy fats and milk. Im bad about not eating all day then having a large dinner at night. That's bad for my metabolism. Plus if I drink water with each meal and during and after a workout then I can majestic sure I get enough

zoodoo613
08-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Week days I usually have 3 meals, one snack. Weekends are more variable. I sometimes skip breakfast on the weekends and end up with 2 meals and no snacks or 2 meals and a zillion snacks. I'm about a unstructured as they come, so you might not want to follow my lead.

KatieC87
08-04-2011, 09:20 AM
I eat three "big" meals a day, 8 a.m., sometimes between noon and 1 p.m., and 5p.m. - 6 p.m. (though 8:30 p.m. last night because I was late getting home from the gym).

fight2winthis
08-04-2011, 09:21 AM
I'm not one for little meals and pecking at food all day. I like to be full and I also like to limit my interactions with food. All that snacking and constant eating is a slippery slop to binge town for me.

Ditto, thinking about the fact that I have to eat every 3 hours is exhausting. I find I work better eating 3 satisfying meals a day, with lots of veggies!

Munchy
08-04-2011, 09:59 AM
I eat three meals and three snacks. I'm eating every few hours, and this always works for me. When I started to see my nutritionist, I thought I would throw up from the sheer amount she wanted me to eat for my meals/snacks. I decided that I would follow her advice on eating six times a day, but I wouldn't eat as much since it made me uncomfortably full.

banananutmuffin
08-04-2011, 10:33 AM
It depends on the day. I tend to eat when I'm hungry. This typically means 2-3 meals and 2-3 snacks. Some days 2 meals and 2 snacks, some days 3 meals and 1 snack, etc. Some days just 3 meals. I rarely eat 5-6 times per day, mostly because I am just too lazy to spend that much time in the kitchen.

I would like to have more structure in my diet, as I tend to like having a regular "schedule." But again, laziness is pretty much the reason I eat the way I do.

popspry
08-04-2011, 11:02 AM
I eat lunch and dinner, and everything else is variable. Sometimes I eat a small breakfast (usually 150-160 calories) but now that I'm unemployed I don't eat breakfast much as I don't need the energy as soon as I wake up and I'd rather save the calories for later. There is a fair bit of snacking, depending on how big lunch and dinner are. Always a snack at the end of the day (either I can make myself a healthy sweet snack (fruit, yogurt, etc) or I'll binge on whatever sweets I can find).

Even though I'm a calorie counter, I use a lot of the principles of intuitiive eating, and I can estimate calories without tracking everything pretty well. I try to listen to my body's cues and not just eat on a schedule, even if that means one day I eat 3 square meals and 2 snacks and the next I'm eating 1000 calories in a few hours.

Chubbykins
08-04-2011, 11:33 AM
I keep an army of food items in my kitchen that has 10-200 calories per piece.

So I usually eat two meals (lunch-dinner) with 500 calories and 700 calories of snacks as many times as I want.

My snacks though are of the healthier type. I have quit crisps, soda, cookies and candy and have never looked back.

I keep apples, boiled eggs, bananas, pickles, real joghurt, home made rice pudding, honey, cheese sliced in portions and stuff like that in storage and have so much choice.

fitmom
08-04-2011, 11:50 AM
I eat 5 times a day. Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Sometimes I don't get both snacks in but it keeps my metabolism humming nicely and my blood sugar stable. I find that when it's just the three meals, I have a tendency to go overboard on the portion sizes. But that's me.

PreciousMissy
08-04-2011, 11:56 AM
Wow, reading through this I see a lot of successful people who have different methods.

The one constant I see is their meals are filled with vegetables.

Although I've just started I've noticed a pattern in my eating habits that just seemed to have developed because it worked for me.

Breakfast - this is probably my heaviest meal of the day, and the meal where I have my carbs
Lunch - lean meat, and a vegetable side
Mid-Afternoon - Vegetable snack
Dinner - Any meat I want (as long as it's properly portioned) and a huge mound of vegetables

It took me three weeks to figure out what worked best for me, it may take time to figure out what works best for you.

ItsMyTurn
08-04-2011, 12:43 PM
Munchy, I hear ya! Just saw nutritionalist yesterday to find out I am not having enough calories, and I'm deficient in protein and grains.. oy! So...the way I am supposed to be able to eat is (cause everything else I was doing was fine) in this example:
~breakfast (which is usually 5am): 2 boiled eggs, and a good portion strawberries
~snack (just grazing in between at work): 2 cups grapes
~lunch (this was the part I was missing, and around 11:30ish): turkey sandwich on wheat
~snack (grazing again while at work): a cup of cheerios (yum!)
~dinner (usually 5-6pm ish): 4 oz of either chic, turk, or fish and a mess of veggies :)
~snack in evening when sugar craving hits: sugar-free fudgicle or popsicle

That lunch one is the one I have an issue with. I am not hungry, but apparently without it I am not getting everything I need... so... time to retrain myself cause obviously what I was doing wasn't working and so far my nutritionalist has not led me wrong. But, I also do cardio 3x/work week (and then a ton of it on weekends), and strength training 3x/week... so she said I needed to insure I got 1200 calories/day. As you will see here though...everyone is different and to find the best for you and your body is the key.

Munchy
08-04-2011, 01:02 PM
Munchy, I hear ya! Just saw nutritionalist yesterday to find out I am not having enough calories, and I'm deficient in protein and grains.. oy! So...the way I am supposed to be able to eat is (cause everything else I was doing was fine) in this example:
~breakfast (which is usually 5am): 2 boiled eggs, and a good portion strawberries
~snack (just grazing in between at work): 2 cups grapes
~lunch (this was the part I was missing, and around 11:30ish): turkey sandwich on wheat
~snack (grazing again while at work): a cup of cheerios (yum!)
~dinner (usually 5-6pm ish): 4 oz of either chic, turk, or fish and a mess of veggies :)
~snack in evening when sugar craving hits: sugar-free fudgicle or popsicle

That lunch one is the one I have an issue with. I am not hungry, but apparently without it I am not getting everything I need... so... time to retrain myself cause obviously what I was doing wasn't working and so far my nutritionalist has not led me wrong. But, I also do cardio 3x/work week (and then a ton of it on weekends), and strength training 3x/week... so she said I needed to insure I got 1200 calories/day. As you will see here though...everyone is different and to find the best for you and your body is the key.

I was working on refeeding because of lack of calories too, so I expected to be full.
My nutritionist wanted me to do 1600 calories, and that's entirely too much for me. I gained 15lbs since seeing her instead of losing...however, I did gain a positive demeanor and satisfaction (instead of disgust) with my body for the first time in my life. I had/have a diagnosed ED-NOS, but I feel that I'm "cured" for the first time in 17 years.

ItsMyTurn
08-04-2011, 01:09 PM
Wow Munchy! Sounds like a positive/negative balance act with your nutritionalist experience. Sounds like you have been able to overcome physical challenges with becoming healthier which is huge! That is so wonderful!!!! I am also glad your perspective on yourself improved so much! I have been fortunate with my experience. Before having nutritionalist, I was not seeing number results on scale, or in tiny portion... mine has got me losing between .8-3.2Lbs/wk, which is HUGE for me...I wish your experience would have been as fully positive as well. But still sounds worth it with the lessons and perspective you took from it :)

m3k
08-04-2011, 01:15 PM
I eat when I want to eat, but I do usually force myself to have something (even if it is small) for breakfast.

I also try to limit foods after 9PM, although my busy schedule sometimes doesn't allow for that.

Other than that, its just a matter of limiting calories from me. I also have goals that I meet as far as protien, fat, and carbs.

I can't totally restrict myself to eating at certain times or eating a certain amount of times. Mostly, this is because pre-TOM I'm willing to eat just about anything and during TOM I have a really difficult time eating ANYTHING as my digestion is really affected...so it doesn't do well for me to force myself.

Munchy
08-04-2011, 01:21 PM
Wow Munchy! Sounds like a positive/negative balance act with your nutritionalist experience. Sounds like you have been able to overcome physical challenges with becoming healthier which is huge! That is so wonderful!!!! I am also glad your perspective on yourself improved so much! I have been fortunate with my experience. Before having nutritionalist, I was not seeing number results on scale, or in tiny portion... mine has got me losing between .8-3.2Lbs/wk, which is HUGE for me...I wish your experience would have been as fully positive as well. But still sounds worth it with the lessons and perspective you took from it :)

Absolutely! It has been 13 months and I'm feeling fabulous about myself. I may not be at a weight that is perfect for me, but I've never felt better.

I'm back to actively trying to lose weight again, but I've been keeping loose track of my calories and I'm definitely around or above 1200.

Congrats on your success! They certainly work magic :)