I've seen Mark's articles on why we should eat only 3 meals due to insulin production, but let's be honest....almost everyone at some point has a snack or that little something after dinner. So that doesn't count as a meal right yet it is still releasing insulin, so it would defeat the purpose of 3 meals a day right?
Personally I feel very heavy when I eat three meals a day. I'd much rather only have to eat half the amount, so I feel lighter and have more energy then eat three hours later.
Also as a side note for the ladies, I noticed increased slowed digestion when I had a lot of progesterone going through me recently. It made my abdomen area feel very heavy, and I honestly felt sick even eating a half meal much less a full. I've heard this happens in pregnancy due to the progesterone hormone, so I kinda feel like I will have to split up my meals anyway when I finally become pregnant. So why not now to shrink my stomach and get it used to it, so I don't feel like I'm starving because I've stretched my stomach out with all of these big meals. Thoughts on this?
Three meals a day should be regarded as a maximum. No snacking. You will not restore metabolic health eating many small meals or snacking between meals. Its all about hormones
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In all brutal honesty, if you think 3+ meals a day is a good thing, you really might want to read the book again. =/ I get stuffed on 1-2 meals a day.
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I have an afternoon grazing habit I'm trying to work on. Generally 80% of my nutrition happens between 1230p and 730p every day. Sometimes it's 100% when I skip breakfast. So it's kind of like an IF...but only kind of. I'm still having great results, I'll modify if necessary.
I wish I could go with just 2-3 big meals a day, but I just can't eat much at one sitting. And for whatever reason after I eat lunch my body tells me I'm hungry for something else. After 6 months I'm still learning to determine real hunger vs mental hunger. Sometimes it can be tough.
I used to be a notorious snacker who couldn't go more than 2-3 hours without food. Now I've moved from 5-6 meals a day to 5-6 hours between meals instead, meaning I typically eat 2-3 times per day.
Once I got the blood sugar issues and headaches under control, I no longer needed to snack. I still crave some sugar now and then, but that's more of a want than a need.
I'm pretty good on two meals a day, sometimes three on weekends, if I feel like it or am hungry I will throw down a third (or fourth) but as far as having purposely small meals so I can purposely eat 5-6 times a day, nope, none of that.
If, unintentionally that's what's happening because you sincerely can't or don't enjoy eating larger meals then so be it. If your food choices are primal, I just can't see how it could do too much harm.
I think the problem with 5-6 meals is if they're grain-based, or carb-dense, since you prime your body to be hungry all the time, etc. IF you've tried 2-3 substantial meals a day and that didn't quite do it for you then do what feels right.
Edit: I don't see how you could eat more than 4 primal meals a day though, as most meals are pretty satiating so if you're hungry 1-2 hours after a meal you're doing something wrong. Not enough fat or your meal is just too small. This isn't to say you should feel like a beached whale after each meal but at the same time you should feel like you just had a good, filling meal. I rarely feel stuffed unless I'm doing so on purpose.
Last edited by iniQuity; 08-04-2011 at 07:34 AM.
Before paleo I'd do the 6 small meals a day thing, but now I've found I do better with 3. I've tried doing 2, but it doesn't usually work for me (the exception being if I've had a particularly large meal the night before, and even then it just tends to push the meals into a closer grouping instead of fully eliminating one).
Honestly, I used to feel the same way as you - if I ate enough food to feel full for more than two hours, I'd feel heavy and sluggish. Now I can eat a big ol' pile of meat, fat and veggies, and actually feel much lighter and more deeply satiated than before.
I seriously doubt it matters THAT much. Some of the tone on these boards reads like "IF YOU EVEN SO MUCH AS SNACK ON A GRAPE OR ALMOND IN BETWEEN MEALS, YOU WILL GET FAT AND DIE!!111!!1!!" I've lost fat eating both 3 big meals a day (plus a post workout shake) and eating 6 small meals a day. I'm not sure the cortisol and stress from this debate is worth the actual benefit of eating at 7-12-7 instead of 7-10-12-4-7, or whatever your schedule is. If you've ever seen the Marshall Film, you know that they snacked on stuff (veggies, nuts, roots, small game) all day long and MAYBE had a big meaty meal once every 7-10 days.