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  • 1 or 2 meals a day, do you feel stuffed?

    I get confused, Mark said that just stop eating when you are full and satisfied.
    If one do IF (16/8),just eat 1-2 meals a day, do you feel stuffed? (will it make me fat? too much stress for my stomach?)

    I just finish my 16 hour fasting (from 15:00-8:00am this morning). Then I ate a big breakfast this morning: around 1000kcal, 21gcarbs, 75g fat, 70g protein. I am feeling bad now though I am not hungry (15:30 now) Did I eat too much? --- 30g lard, 200g broccoli, 4 medium eggs, 130g beef.

    The reason why I asked this question is because i heard that eating 2 meals a day is healthier than eating 3 meals a day. But if eating a bigger meal makes me stuffed and uncomfortable, I won't do that again.
    Last edited by hxl2012; 01-07-2012, 12:48 AM.
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  • #2
    I eat two meals a day (intermittent fasting) and you will feel hungry at times, that's ok. If you need energy, your body has plenty of it stored if you're like me and currently a fatty-boom-bah.

    Just make sure you're eating for hunger and not boredom, emotional, stress etc reasons or because of habit or worried it's not enough.
    For example today for lunch (first meal) I had two grass-fed beef patties (about 600cal) plus the cooking fat (100 cals) and some spinach, plus two slices of cheese (another 100 or so calories).
    That's half a day's calories roughly and I'll have a good dinner later and still wake up lighter on the scale tomorrow.
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    • #3
      I don't really get "stuffed" on paleo foods, especially when fasting. Sometimes I'll eat up to 1.5 lbs of meat with a few cups of veges slathered in fat after a long fast, and there is certainly a point where my rate of eating slows down, and then stops due to satiety; but I haven't managed to eat to the point of stomach distention this way. I've been playing with the idea of nutrient content vs. satiation lately as well; a prime example is that 4 - 6oz of liver and a cup of brussel sprouts leaves me as satiated as the aforementioned large meal of muscle meat does.

      J. Stanton wrote an interesting series of articles regarding hunger, satiety and satiation.

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      • #4
        I find that skipping dinner is easier than breakfast, but everyone is different. There is some hunger, but it passes. When eating, I don't stuff myself, and no, you don't gain fat, the point is to burn the fat.
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        • #5
          This is a good topic! I often eat two meals per day, and since I don't eat grains, I tend to undereat in calories unless I count calories to make sure that I'm getting enough for the day - since I eat a ton of veggies, which take up a lot of stomache space, at times I feel overstuffed when I eat. I'm not really sure if this is healthy, because it's ignoring the sage advice to 'stop eating when you feel full', but if I followed that advice, I'd be chronically undereating calories. So, in short, I don't have an answer for you (sorry!), but I do know that eating this way allows me to not be hungry for most of the day. When I ate 3 meals AND snacked, I was ALWAYS hungry, ALWAYS obsessed with food. Now, I eat twice and don't think about food for the rest of the day, which feels great! Maybe that's worth an hour or 2 of 'stomach stress' because it's balanced by 16 or more hours of non-stress.

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          • #6
            I ate breakfast yesterday and then nothing else until breakfast this morning. As I made my breakfast this morning, I got hungrier and hungrier and kept wanting to add more things. I ended up with the same breakfast as yesterday (eggs, chicken liver, greens and 1 mushroom, cooked in duck fat, plus half an avocado, plus coffee with cream), but with 3 eggs instead of two. I'm stuffed now, that's for sure. There's only so much my stomach can hold. In the end, one egg more and one dinner less is a deficit even though I ate like a king this morning. But I felt so great after I ate all that. I was like bouncing off the walls with happiness. I don't think I'll need to eat again until dinner. Beef stew is in the crock-pot...

            By the way, I gained an inch on my waist last week while on vacation. I'm pretty sure that inch was gone when I woke up this morning.
            Last edited by sbhikes; 01-05-2012, 09:45 AM. Reason: forgot the avocado
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            • #7
              Here's the way I started to think of this, and it's been really helpful for me:

              I don't particularly like plain tuna. It's not something that I'll generally eat out of boredom, or if there are other options available. I'll always default to something else.

              So, I do the tuna test. If I'm hungry enough to eat a can a tuna, then I'm hungry enough to eat. If I'm not, then there's probably something else going on, and I leave the food alone. It's been really successful for me so far.

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              • #8
                Nope, I normally feel hungry. I never really feel stuffed when I don't have starches/sweets.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by PrimalJosh View Post
                  That's half a day's calories roughly and I'll have a good dinner later and still wake up lighter on the scale tomorrow.
                  I'm SOOOO Jealous. I've been fasting 16/8 for 3 months with no success.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Leida View Post
                    Nope, I normally feel hungry. I never really feel stuffed when I don't have starches/sweets.
                    I agree to a point. The one day I feel the most full is my carb-up/low fat days. I have a hard time getting the calories in. I have however felt very full by just eating tons of beef but it always takes more calories by far...
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                    • #11
                      Why do you need to feel "stuffed"? Stuffed is a bad feeling, like you're going to blow up!
                      I eat until I'm no longer hungry, not until my stomach is going to explode!


                      Breakfast 7 AM:
                      2 eggs fried in bacon fat and 3 slices of bacon.
                      OR 3 egg omelet
                      OR a bowl of beef stew
                      OR steak with a fried egg
                      OR chopped chorizo with scrambled eggs
                      OR a bowl of chicken porridge
                      OR a bowl of whatever soup I have in the fridge

                      Lunch 4 PM:
                      A bowl of chicken curry (chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and/or turnips, cooked with coconut oil, then simmered with coconut milk).
                      OR 3 pork chop slices with about 1 cup cooked veggies.
                      OR... see my journal :P


                      I'm a sedentary girl, but my boyfriend has a very active job, so he needs to eat a lot.
                      He eats the same food I do (I'm the cook), He generally eats twice the amount I do (except he eats lunch + dinner, where I eat breakfast + lunch).

                      And no, he doesn't feel stuffed like he's going to blow up.
                      But before starting Paleo, he had trouble knowing when he was full, so he would eat everything in the plate until he felt like he was going to blow up. Nowadays I make sure to give him very little food, that way he has time to think if he's hungry before he gets himself a second serving. That's helped a lot, now he has learned to eat only until he is satisfied, even if there's still food on the plate.

                      Is that the problem you have? Is that why you eat until your stomach is stuffed?


                      I don't feel stuffed, I feel satiated/satisfied.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by abstractpersona View Post
                        Is that the problem you have? Is that why you eat until your stomach is stuffed?


                        I don't feel stuffed, I feel satiated/satisfied.
                        Nope I only feel eat until "stuffed" when I really enjoy something and there is a little bit more left, or I'm trying to eat enough post-workout. It took awhile for me to be OK with being satisfied as oppose to full.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bobbitt81 View Post
                          Here's the way I started to think of this, and it's been really helpful for me:

                          I don't particularly like plain tuna. It's not something that I'll generally eat out of boredom, or if there are other options available. I'll always default to something else.

                          So, I do the tuna test. If I'm hungry enough to eat a can a tuna, then I'm hungry enough to eat. If I'm not, then there's probably something else going on, and I leave the food alone. It's been really successful for me so far.
                          I really like this idea. Thanks for sharing.

                          I've been dabbling, but I really need to get on board with the whole "low-reward" discussion. I'm having a hard time curbing my emotional attachments to food enough to purposely not eat [overly] enjoyable food.

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                          • #14
                            since I eat a ton of veggies, which take up a lot of stomache space, at times I feel overstuffed when I eat. I'm not really sure if this is healthy, because it's ignoring the sage advice to 'stop eating when you feel full', but if I followed that advice, I'd be chronically undereating calories.
                            X2! I only eat two meals a day during the work week and I also know better than to stop when I feel full. My food is frugally purchased and rationed, I cannot eat ad-lib or I really skewer my nutrition and financial goals badly. That said, I only feel full for those last few bites. And then, after meal two, the rest of the day is fasting. This is working for me better now that I've increased my protein intake.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by abstractpersona View Post
                              Why do you need to feel "stuffed"? Stuffed is a bad feeling, like you're going to blow up!
                              I eat until I'm no longer hungry, not until my stomach is going to explode!


                              Breakfast 7 AM:
                              2 eggs fried in bacon fat and 3 slices of bacon.
                              OR 3 egg omelet
                              OR a bowl of beef stew
                              OR steak with a fried egg
                              OR chopped chorizo with scrambled eggs
                              OR a bowl of chicken porridge
                              OR a bowl of whatever soup I have in the fridge

                              Lunch 4 PM:
                              A bowl of chicken curry (chicken, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and/or turnips, cooked with coconut oil, then simmered with coconut milk).
                              OR 3 pork chop slices with about 1 cup cooked veggies.
                              OR... see my journal :P


                              I'm a sedentary girl, but my boyfriend has a very active job, so he needs to eat a lot.
                              He eats the same food I do (I'm the cook), He generally eats twice the amount I do (except he eats lunch + dinner, where I eat breakfast + lunch).

                              And no, he doesn't feel stuffed like he's going to blow up.
                              But before starting Paleo, he had trouble knowing when he was full, so he would eat everything in the plate until he felt like he was going to blow up. Nowadays I make sure to give him very little food, that way he has time to think if he's hungry before he gets himself a second serving. That's helped a lot, now he has learned to eat only until he is satisfied, even if there's still food on the plate.

                              Is that the problem you have? Is that why you eat until your stomach is stuffed?


                              I don't feel stuffed, I feel satiated/satisfied.
                              Thanks for sharing. The reason why I asked this question is because I heard that eating one-two meals is healthier than eating three meals.
                              I tried to eat more in case I will be hungry when I am working when good-quality is not available.

                              I ete a big breakfast this morning-- about 1000kcal 75g fat 21g carb,70g protein. I am feeling good now........slight stomach pain...
                              Nothing you can't do once you believe that you can.

                              SW:120lb
                              CW:116lb
                              GW:110lb

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