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    Hey guys, first post, I'm new to the primal/paleo approach and I am right in the midst of reading both the Primal Blueprint and The Paleo Solution.

    I have seen some great results already but I have a question for the more experienced people. Im used to eating every 3 hours, which stems from my normal fitness program. Would it be a problem sticking to that kind of system or does that go against the fundamentals somehow?

    I actually really like eating in this way since it breaks up my day and I never gorge myself. It also seems to help me from an athletic standpoint as I compete at a professionalism level in wakeboarding.

    Appreciate any thoughts or comments, cheers

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    It's not against the "rules" or anything, but a lot of the bro-science behind eating every 2.5 to 3 hours has been debunked.
    I used to follow the 6-8 meals a day and I was just hungry all the time and now that I don't do it, I notice what a pain in the ass it was to always have food ready.
    If you are a professional level wakeboarder (or any athlete for that matter) your nutrition and caloric needs will be entirely different than someone who is doing this WOL for losing fat or to better their health. I play lacrosse on a semi-pro level and only eat three times per day (usually, and I don't start eating until after noon) when I am in season. When I am not in season, I usually wait until between 2 and 4PM to eat and eat only twice up until 9PM. I actually perform better having not eaten for at least 6 hours. But, never having wakeboarded, I wouldn't know what your requirements would be.
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    • #3
      Welcome to the forum! Given that you're new to the PB lifestyle, I'd recommend easing into it by maintaining the eating schedule you're used to for now, and switching to primal foods. Once your body adapts to the new foods, and switches to fat-burning mode, you'll likely start noticing that you're not *hungry* every 3 hours anymore, and you'll start spacing your meals apart more widely.

      For your reference, here are a couple of blog posts that address intermittent fasting (IF), which you might *eventually* consider adopting (but which requires that you've been eating primally for at least a few months):

      The Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting | Mark's Daily Apple

      How To: Intermittent Fasting | Mark's Daily Apple

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      • #4
        Thanks guys, pretty much confirms what Ive been reading, both Mark and Robb dont seem to advocate the 6 meal a day type of regimen. Anyway my mid morning and mid afternoon meals normally consist of a protein shake and fruit, Ill just ease into it. Its not a massive adjustment for me, the biggest change is cutting out all my whole grains which I would normally use to fuel my training sessions. Its actually pretty awesome to be able to eat animal fats without feeling guilty!

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        • #5
          I wouldn't rush it, but I would definitely recommend no more than three meals a day.
          Lifting Journal

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          • #6
            “Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: Paleo In Six Easy Steps, A Motivational Guide - GNOLLS.ORG

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            • #7
              +1000000000 No-nonsense approach here!
              Success is getting what you want, Happiness is wanting what you get~Brother Dave Gardner

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              • #8
                Best article I've read!
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                • #9
                  great article! Going to print that and give to my pops, trying to get him on the paleo bandwagon and that article sums it up very well

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                  • #10
                    I just started, on day 2, and that article was very, very helpful. Printed it out and saved it for future reference. It actually answered a question I had on eatting fatty meat vs leaner cuts, like ground turkey vs hamburger; turkey bacon vs reg bacon; even fatty hamburger like 80/20 vs 96/4 ground sirloin. Thanks for posting
                    Last edited by mrsgp101310; 10-04-2011, 09:52 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Very good stuff. Thanks for sharing it:-)
                      Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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