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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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1/23/13 1:31 P

Have you read about intermittent fasting?

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 11,361
1/23/13 12:26 A

i want to ask about the gross-out in your posts that i see no one else mentioning, ie, you aren't defecating "like you're suppose to". And that idea worries me. what do you mean? you aren't pooping at all? you are pooping less? you are pooping on a different schedule? do you weigh your poop? defecating is a natural process. when your body is done digesting, you poop. Yes, eating a smaller quantity of food will result in a smaller amount as the end result of digestion. living a healthy lifestyle will result in everything being smaller. it will also result in changes in every part of the body. so, unless you have managed to learn the lie that you must poop every day to be healthy, that will change also.

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1/22/13 10:13 P

I can't do the multiple small meals either. It just doesn't work with my schedule and they don't leave me feeling full. As long as you're getting the calories and macronutrients that you need there's no reason you should have to eat x amount of meals. I've never done the smaller, more frequent meals and I've been successful.

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1/22/13 8:42 P

Your body doesn't know what time it is. :) 5 small meals help control hunger, for some, and makes it easier to avoid unplanned snacking, but they don't make you lose weight faster. 1500 calories eaten in 5 small meals will affect you exactly the same as 1500 calories eaten in three large ones.

Do what works for you!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
1/22/13 7:58 P

I don't think it matters how you get your calories. Whether in six small meals or three big ones. As long as you are getting an adequate amount of calories through the day

JACA1991 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/22/13 4:30 P

I'm not really sure why I was eating smaller meals. I think it might been because I read about an article that talked about having a bikini body which is what I want to achieve and it was alright but I'm not defecating as much as I need to and I'm afraid that it's gonna lead to health problems if I don't eat larger meals.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/22/13 12:54 P

I also eat three decent-sized meals and rarely snack. My registered dietitian suggested that I do this instead of eating more (smaller) meals. Like someone else said, you don't have to graze on mini-meals all day long unless you want to and that's what works for you.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/22/2013 (12:57)
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1/22/13 9:37 A

I read a lot about people being prompted to eat 6 mini meals and graze basically all day long.

I feel our digestive system would work a darn cite better if allowed to be filled and actually empty and do its job, feel some actual REAL hunger.

I eat three decent sized meals and rarely snack and its working great for me.

I wouldn't listen to conventional wisdom when you already have something working well, and the CW ends up making you worse.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/22/13 6:45 A

Why did you change?
It's what works for you.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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1/22/13 5:58 A

What are you eating?
Why do you feel the need to eat more than 3-4x/day if that's what you feel comfortable doing?

1/22/13 5:24 A

As long as you're within your calorie range, I don't think it matters if you eat a lot of smaller meals or a few big meals. Just do what's right for you :)

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1/21/13 11:44 P

For a while, I have been eating smaller meals and everything has been going great and within eating 10 minutes of a meal I feel full. However, the only problem that occurs is that I am not defecating as much as I need to. I don't mean to gross any of you out but this is what has been happening to me. No matter how much fiber I put into my body, it just doesn't work out the way it should and I think it's because of my diet change. I used to eat 3 to 4 large meals a day and it would work better that way but because my body is not used eating smaller meals as I thought it would be, I'm just going to go back to my old ways and eat 3 to 4 large meals including small portioned snacks and I'll do 30 minutes of cardio and HIIT 3 times a week or 20 minutes in case I feel fatigued and want to workout less and I'll do 10-15 minutes of strength training 3 times a week. I still need to think about my workout plan because school is almost coming and I need to figure out which days to workout.

Btw, in case you are wondering, I am 5'7" and 143 pounds.

Edited by: JACA1991 at: 1/21/2013 (23:48)
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