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GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,765
1/12/13 4:18 P

I agree that each of us have something different that works. I usually have 3 meals and two snacks.

And you are not eating enough. You also state you eat a lot of fruit but do you eat plenty of veggies too? They are so important for my own weight loss.

Good luck to you.

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1/12/13 3:47 P

You don't have to, although I prefer eating 5-6 times a day. I have breakfast around 8am, mid-morning snack between 10 and 11, lunch between 1 and 2, afternoon snack around 4-4:30, dinner 7-7:30, and if I still have room in my tracker I'll have an after dinner snack around 9. Eating small, frequent meals doesn't work for everyone though. Weight loss isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of thing

1/12/13 3:31 P

When they say you should eat 6 times a day they mean that you should eat your three regular meals with 3 snacks throughout the day. By a snack they mean an apple or something else that is small and healthy.

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1/12/13 3:30 P

Not sure why you think need to eat more frequently. If you think it "revs your metabolism" that's a myth. There is really no benefit.

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1/12/13 2:37 P

Its hard to eat 3 times a day. I am always side tracked.

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1/12/13 10:22 A

The fact is that everyone is different and there is no "right" number of times to eat each day. However, if you are taking in less than 1000 calories a day you actually may not be eating enough at all.

For me, I eat 5 times a day.

6:30am breakfast
9am morning snack
11:45 lunch
3-ish afternoon snack
5:30 dinner

It works for me. My snacks are not large - morning snack is usually just some fruit - either 1/2 grapefruit, few handfuls of grapes, an apple, something like that. Afternoon snack is usually carbs - pretzels, crackers, something like that.

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1/12/13 10:21 A

Everyone is usually wrong about everything. ;) The thing is, there is no one size fits all way of eating. I don't do well with 6 times a day eating. You eat normally, within a healthy calorie range. Some people find it helpful to eat 5 small meals a day, spreading out their food so they never really have a chance to get hungry. Some eat light during the day, and have a huge dinner. Others eat a huge breakfast, and eat light the rest of the day. Still others do the traditional 3 meals plus snacks. Some eat breakfast, some don't.

None are "right" - none will make you lose more weight than another. What matters is the number of calories you eat, versus the number of calories you burn. Here's the math:

With all of that said, our bodies are not calculators. :)

While you don't have much to lose, you do need more to eat than 1,000 calories. 1,200 is the absolute minimum for most people, and anything less than that you're not providing your body with the adequate nutrition it needs to function.

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1/12/13 10:17 A

Who is "everyone"?

I loathe the mentality that we should graze like cattle all day long, not ever feeling what genuine hunger actually IS. We (as in the general population) are fat because we can snack, snack, snack, have food on hand all the time and never think about regulating.

I very rarely snack and I lost plenty of weight.

Three regular full meals make me feel FAR more satisfied than splitting those calories into small bits... it may work for some, but you do not NEED to do this!

I would be more concerned at your general lack of calories 1000 isn't a good number. You really need to eat more, SP minimum is 1200 recommended unless you have medical reasons and/or supervision.

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1/12/13 10:11 A

Everyone says you should eat 6 times a day but I'm confused on how much and what I should ear between meals. I want to lose my tire tube waist and about 5 pounds total. I also want to be healthy and can I add I'm going through menopause. I guess I'm a typical mid 50's mess. Anyway can someone please give me a typical day of daily eats? I exercise, eat lots of fruits and barely eat 1000 calories a day. Thank you! emoticon

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