Last year on my doctor's advice I tried 6 mini meals (200-300 calories) every 2-3 hours. It went okay, but the biggest drawback was in staying on the schedule. It seemed like when I was late by even 15 minutes, it threw the rest of my schedule into utter chaos.
I now eat 3 regular meals every day plus a light snack (approx 100 cal) in the early afternoon and evening. Seems to work - never starving & not continuously watching a clock. This plan is helps me be more in tune with my body's hunger signals.
I have been eating 3 meals and 2 snacks each day --- it seems to be working
10/23/2013 12:38:04 PM
I am picky about the food That I am eating, usually I am eating every 3 hours to keep the metabolism up like a machine, I love eat row veggies as snack (carrots, tomatoes, celery) and also I don't include to much starchy carbs in my meals and you know the most reward thing for me is that the.clothes that I wearing fit beautifully on me, I almost in my right weight but it takes time and discipline.
Weight gain has resulted for a majority of people, already struggling with portion control and food addiction, who try to follow this advice.
No two people are the same. But O*P*E*N your eyes and look around you. In the States at least, this is bogus diet advice, the latest diet fad.
Like most people, I tried this advice and gained weight.
It wasn't until I found, and followed, the No S Diet (thanks to SP for the intro!), that I got my eating under control. Thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU, No S Diet, for a return to eating sanity, commonsense, relearning intuitive eating and relearning moderation, great-grandma's way of eating!, with an end to "diet head", food obsession, food rules, counting, weighing, measuring, tracking, and obsession. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU No S Diet for an end to diet depravity, insanity, and putting food back into it's rightful, SMALL, place in my life. Life is for living; not for following dieting rules and and obsessions with the latest eating fad.
9/14/2013 10:47:14 PM
I have three small meals and two snacks spread out about three hours apart. I used to do three meals about five hours apart but found I was getting too hungry, light headed even. Five "meals" definitely works better for me, my next meal is never too far away, my energy levels are more stable, I don't get too hungry, and it encourages me to make the effort to eat regularly, because I know if I have one meal late, all the others will be late too.
6 mini meals per day = constant focus on eating and food + never feeling satisfied by a real meal. Mini-meals may work for some, but 3 squares work better for many. Do what works for you, despite the fads.
I have to eat small meals right now because I can't do know exercise because of my hip.
5/28/2013 2:55:08 PM
@ EMCKERN- If you are eating only 955 calories per day, this could be your problem. I've always heard that it is unhealthy to eat less than 1200 calories per day.
5/9/2013 10:52:12 PM
I eat small meals and a few snacks daily and I exercise. My problem is that my metabolism is so slow that I have to consume less than 1,000 per day to lose weight. I'm 216 lbs and have had some success when consuming 800-900 calories per day. I try to walk 1-2 miles 2-3 days per week. I'm hoping to add more exercise soon. I've had my thyroid checked several times over the years and have been to an endocrinologist, to no avail. Guess I'm one of the unlucky ones that needs to work a little harder to lose weight. A typical diet day for me is as follows: Breakfast: Yogurt - 80 calories snack: kiwi - 50 calories lunch: salad with tomatoes, onions, red peppers, 2 TBS dressing, croutons - 375 cal. snack: med. orange - 75 calories dinner: grilled chicken breast - 150; steamed broccoli - 75; milk - 150 Total: 955 calories. Straying even a little....say 250 calories will cause a weight gain. If anyone out there has similar problem, I would like to hear from them.
Wow! Carbs galore! Pre-lunch and you're already at about 100g carbs?? I'd be starving all day. I do eat 4 or 5 times a day, and I find that works for me, but only if I make sure I get a good amount of protein and fat in at every 'meal'.
I found that eating small meals did not satisfy the emotional side of eating. I didn't feel like I was eating a meal, especially dinner.
5/9/2013 10:57:28 AM
I do not believe in the mini meals myth. Even Jillian Michaels says it's a myth in her book. I've had success eating three meals a day, nothing else. So if you're like me and like 3 square meals a day, don't succumb to this myth and try changing your eating habits. Do what's right for you.
I am a runner and I absolutely love carbs. However, I too think that the plan provided could've been a little better (more veggies/fiber). Overall, eating 5 times/day works great for me but my snacks are apples, yogurt, almonds etc. I agree with KWING517 comment - it's all about moderation (that carrot cake sounds darn yummy!)
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