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    Hola,

    I have a quick question on meal frequency.

    My doctor likes the idea of Paleo/ PB- but she really wants me eating 5-6 small meals a day. Her reasoning is less insulin is secreted to digest these small meals and blood sugar levels are kept even. She also says frequent eating keeps your metabolism burning- like adding logs to a fire- increasing efficiency.

    I'm curious how this fits into PB- I realize without the refined carbs you aren't as hungry, but does frequent eating keep your metabolism going?

    Thanks

  • #2
    just another myth. its been talked about a lot here.
    challenge yourself
    i blog here http://theprimalwoman.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      I would also say that it's a myth - I'm currently losing weight like I expect (1-2 pounds a week) and I'm often forgetting to eat.

      The thing is: The insolin reasoning of your doctor only makes sense when you eat a high-carb diet. When you eat primally insulin isn't a problem to begin with, since even a huge meal will not trigger a strong insulin response.

      When it comes to "keeping the metabolism going" ... I think that intermittent fasting will not reduce your metabolism. Think about it: In primal times food supply was scarce. If the body really lowers metabolism once we don't eat enough, we would get more lethargic and not be able to hunt & gather efficiently. The reverse would be logical: Provided that your body gets nutrient rich food every once in a while, it should automatically uphold an active metabolism.
      MikeEnRegalia's Blog - Nutrition, Dieting, Exercise and other stuff ;-)

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      • #4
        Interesting discussion about this over at PaNu right now: http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2....html#comments

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lifewithjades View Post
          Hola,

          I have a quick question on meal frequency.

          My doctor likes the idea of Paleo/ PB- but she really wants me eating 5-6 small meals a day. Her reasoning is less insulin is secreted to digest these small meals and blood sugar levels are kept even. She also says frequent eating keeps your metabolism burning- like adding logs to a fire- increasing efficiency.

          I'm curious how this fits into PB- I realize without the refined carbs you aren't as hungry, but does frequent eating keep your metabolism going?

          Thanks
          I did a blog post on this very topic recently: http://sterlingadvice.blogspot.com/2...-and-meal.html

          Hope it helps!
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          • #6
            I get about 4 meals a day, works good for me.

            Meal frequency is individualized. There are people here who love 1 meal a day, others who do 5.

            There is a point that people eventually reach on their health journeys where they realize the ability to listen to their bodies. Once you treat your body well, it won't lie to you.
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            • #7
              She's incorrect. This is outdated CW thinking. The idea is to eat fats so your body can run on them and give your pancreas a rest.
              Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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              • #8
                As others have posted, the idea that frequent eating stokes your metabolism is a myth. My endo suggests either increasing caffeine (the basis for all those 'fat burning' pills) or exercise to spur metabolism, but everyone agrees that our metabolism is far less in our voluntary control than we'd like to believe.

                And you don't get an insulin response to your meals if you limit yourself to 10-12g carbs per meal. At that number, you don't evoke the insulin response. This is recommended by both the Eades in their Protein Power plan and by Dr. Richard Bernstein, the diabetes expert.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lifewithjades View Post
                  Hola,

                  I have a quick question on meal frequency.

                  My doctor likes the idea of Paleo/ PB- but she really wants me eating 5-6 small meals a day. Her reasoning is less insulin is secreted to digest these small meals and blood sugar levels are kept even. She also says frequent eating keeps your metabolism burning- like adding logs to a fire- increasing efficiency.

                  I'm curious how this fits into PB- I realize without the refined carbs you aren't as hungry, but does frequent eating keep your metabolism going?

                  Thanks
                  I posted a study link earlier on meal frequency.

                  Here's a study on macronutrient balance depending on insulin sensitivity: https://acrobat.com/#d=Z-zLUPv3tXMYAUPP3nol-Q

                  Both are informative, insightful, good reads.
                  http://sterlingadvice.blogspot.com
                  http://teambeachbody.com/coachster
                  sterlingpurdy@gmail.com

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                  • #10
                    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15572293
                    http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/full/86/1/7

                    all i've got on hand

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                    • #11
                      Wild animals are generally quite lean...they don't have 5-6 meals a day, why should humans be any different? For some reason people have developed the idea that human bodies are so much more complex and sophisticated and that early man never starved to death because his body was so good at holding on to fat. As long as you eat once in a while, metabolism stays relatively the same (excluding exercise or other specific control factors which may increase metabolism). Actually I don't have a specific source on hand but I believe I've read in a few places that fasting for short periods actually increases metabolism. That might be a good source to show your doctor :P

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                      • #12
                        Gracias Amigos!

                        I checked out the blog, and links- very informative- I really appreciate your help.

                        Jades

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                        • #13
                          When I explain it to people in laymans terms I say:

                          Eating several meals a day with short intervals between forces your digestive system to stay constantly active and take energy in from what you eat. If you eat less times a day with a greater interval between those times, you give your body a chance to turn off the digestive system and use the stored energy you have (fat). If you want to metabolize excess fat, you have to give your metabolism a chance to focus its attention on that fat.

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                          • #14
                            I read in some book, might have been "Primal Body, Primal Mind", that there is some insulin secretion with each meal regardless of what you are eating. There is additional insulin secreted in proportion to the amount of carbs ingested. INsulin is a storage hormone, not a metabolism booster. It is secreted so that you can store the excess energy from your meals so it will be available later for all the hours you are NOT eating. It primes fat cells to store and hang on to their fatty acids. When insulin levels drop, fat cells begin to release fatty acids to the bloodstream for a constant supply of energy. It follows that the more frequently you eat, the more pulses of insulin your body will pump out even if you don't eat a single carb. This will have the exact opposite effect of what you are hoping for - keeping your body in storage rather than burning mode. It will SLOW your metabolism. Better to eat fewer larger meals (low carb, of course) so you give your body time for the insulin level to go down and you can get to the business of burning energy fueled by all those lovely fatty acids that were stored previously.

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                            • #15
                              Barb and Darienx19- thank you!

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