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  • re: cw and the "6 small meals per day" crap

    just wondering... Does anyone know of any credible research around the conventional mantra that you should have six or more small meals per day to help your metabolism?

    I sounds plausable, but I feel better, work better and find it easier to have 2 meals - lunch then dinner, fasting 8P-2P a few days per week and having a breakfast snack others.

    Where does cw like that come from (please, no conspiracy theories about Monsanto wanting to push grain-based snacks)?

  • #2
    Probably from a bunch of sugar addicts in lab coats saying, "Gee, I feel crappy if I don't eat every 2 hours..."

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    • #3
      I felt so much better once i ditched that baloney. I always felt like i was force feeding myself all day because i wasn't hungry, then i felt gypped at dinner because my meal had to be so small. I'm totally with you on the two meals per day thing.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dogfuel View Post
        just wondering... Does anyone know of any credible research around the conventional mantra that you should have six or more small meals per day to help your metabolism?
        I don't think it is what's believed in the mainstream. It seems to be what's believed in some bodybuilding circles -- from which a number of outlandishly strange notions and hopeful commitments occasionally leak out.

        I think the mainstream suggests that snacking between meals -- not quite the same thing -- is a good idea. That'll be based around the concept that blood-sugar should be stable and that the best way to ensure that is an occasional but regular poke as opposed to an infrequent kick in the goolies.

        But things change if you're not relying on sugar as a fuel.

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        • #5
          I think it is recommended because the majority of folks are sugar burners and if they don't snack (with yet more sugar in whatever form) between meals they become hungry, sick, blood sugar crashy, etc. This used to be me, too. So.. if you are a sugar burner, this is not a bullshit theory. They DO need to eat something every 2 hours or they start to feel the effects of diminishing fuel.

          Since becoming truly primal, I no longer have this problem. I eat a big healthy breakfast and a big healthy dinner and absolutely nothing else in between. This kind of IF works for me - but only after practice and the changeover from burning sugar to fat.
          yay!

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          • #6
            @ qqemokitty +1
            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
            PS
            Don't forget to play!

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            • #7
              Before January, I frequently skipped breakfast and people would ride me about how important the first meal of the day was. Even though I was fat. I don't know how I managed to skip breakfast, but once I started eating in the day there was no way I could go hours without eating. Lunch is followed by a snack, followed by another snack, followed by dinner, followed by another snack. So even though intellectually I didn't buy into the idea of eating so often, in practice I still did it anyway. Sad eh?

              Now I still frequently skip breakfast (unless I am genuinely hungry - stomach feels like it is eating itself), but I only end up eating two more times. Feels much better, than to be obsessing over what I am going to be eating every three hours.
              Female, age 51, 5' 9"
              SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

              Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
              2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
                I think it is recommended because the majority of folks are sugar burners and if they don't snack (with yet more sugar in whatever form) between meals they become hungry, sick, blood sugar crashy, etc. This used to be me, too. So.. if you are a sugar burner, this is not a bullshit theory. They DO need to eat something every 2 hours or they start to feel the effects of diminishing fuel.
                JMO, but if someone told me they used a substance and needed a 'fix' every few hours to feel 'normal', I'd advise them to get to rehab. There isn't much point in storing energy (fat) if the system is so dependent on sugar that it has lost the ability to access those reserves and crashes instead. I wonder why anyone, especially medical professionals, would think this is okay. They wouldn't if it was withdrawl from an illegal drug~

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                • #9
                  I used a diet like that before switching to primal. It worked quite well for me along with counting calories. I was able to get really cut without ever feeling like I was starving. Granted, cutting grains has worked better than anything else I have ever done.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nady View Post
                    JMO, but if someone told me they used a substance and needed a 'fix' every few hours to feel 'normal', I'd advise them to get to rehab. There isn't much point in storing energy (fat) if the system is so dependent on sugar that it has lost the ability to access those reserves and crashes instead. I wonder why anyone, especially medical professionals, would think this is okay. They wouldn't if it was withdrawl from an illegal drug~
                    As an example, I have a niece who is a body builder. She uses Isagenix supplements and thought I should give them a go. I researched the ingredients. The first ingredient is actually a blend of ingredients that has a proprietary name, and the second ingredient is fructose. No, I have never tried them and have no intention of doing so.

                    Here is what one of her other friends posted on facebook - speaking of drug addictions:

                    When I stared using Isagenix just over a year ago on thing that I really noticed was how much easier my PMS symptoms were. After researching and learning more about the products I realized that it was soooo much to do with the adaptogenes found in the Ionix which are hormone balancing. Plus just putting the amazing nutrients into my body helped it rest, relax and gave it the ability to deal with what may come . Then, when I started eating 4 Isadelights the week leading up to my regular PMS time I noticed and even bigger difference.

                    Anyway, I hate to say this but this last month as been bad for me when it comes to self care for many reasons. And for some stupid (really stupid) reason I stopped drinking my Ionix regularly and I even let myself run out of Isadelights (bad move)!!!

                    And let me tell you....I AM PMSing to the MAX!!! I feel sad, irritated, overwhelmed, anxious, sugar craving, tired and pretty much just crappy. I have not dealt with this in sooo long and it has made me realize just how important eating these products are.
                    Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                    SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                    Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                    2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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                    • #11
                      thanks all for the feedback... suspected it had some scientific basis (perhaps managing insulin for carb-burners?)... looks like opinion is it is complete bs (imagine that!).

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                      • #12
                        I used to eat 5-6 small meals a day and I had blood sugar swings doing this. I always felt hungrier this way of eating. I ditched eating the little meals and now have 3 large meals a day. I feel so much better and I find that I'm more satisfied. I never had issues dropping weight with 3 meals a day either. If 5-6 small meals a day works for other people then go right ahead. I will never go back to it.

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                        • #13
                          This isn't even CW. Growing up in the sixties and seventies the advice was always to have three square meals per day
                          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                          • #14
                            6 meals per day is a new CW put forth by the "eating clean" movement as championed by Tosca Reno and her followers. The idea is to "pack a cooler" of raw veggies and eat six tiny meals per day to keep your metabolism up, starting with those moronic steel cut oats. And drink 2-3 liters of water. If you're hungry or don't feel like eating, then your meals were too big.

                            I tried it for about a month. All I could do was eat another baggie of stuff and run to the loo. I could get NO work done whatsoever. And I GAINED two pounds.

                            Then I started Primal and did Leptin Reset and dang, I'm luvvin' this 5-6 hours between meals.
                            5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by qqemokitty View Post
                              I think it is recommended because the majority of folks are sugar burners and if they don't snack (with yet more sugar in whatever form) between meals they become hungry, sick, blood sugar crashy, etc. This used to be me, too. So.. if you are a sugar burner, this is not a bullshit theory. They DO need to eat something every 2 hours or they start to feel the effects of diminishing fuel.

                              Since becoming truly primal, I no longer have this problem. I eat a big healthy breakfast and a big healthy dinner and absolutely nothing else in between. This kind of IF works for me - but only after practice and the changeover from burning sugar to fat.
                              I'm on the exact same programme as qqemokitty (only I have lunch & dinner) and a bullet coffee for breakfast. I fast from 5pm nightly until 11:30am following day. When I used to eat 3 meals a day (pre-paleo), I would eat because I was supposed to, but I never really felt hungry. It's good to feel real hunger again.
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                              F, 48, 5'10"
                              Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                              Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                              Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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