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

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    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.
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    Nope, I normally feel hungry. I never really feel stuffed when I don't have starches/sweets.
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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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