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    Meal Frequency/ Metabolism

    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

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    just another myth. its been talked about a lot here.
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    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.

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

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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote 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.

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