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I eat by the clock.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

There. I admit it. I eat when the clock says it's time to eat. I know that most weight control programs want us to train ourselves to recognize hunger and eat only when hungry. But how do you do that? If a meal takes an hour to make, how do you know that you will be hungry an hour later if you are waiting for the "hunger signal"? How do you organize a day when you have no idea at what time you'll be preparing or eating food because you have no idea when hunger will strike? To me that sounds like being a slave to your desires rather than master of them.

I eat breakfast at about 8am, lunch at about noon, and dinner at about 6, give or take a half hour. If I'm not hungry I eat anyway, because it's time. Over the years I have trained myself to know how much I need to eat at each meal to get me through to the next one. I find it comforting to know that at a certain time I can eat. Like right now. It's 11am and I would love to eat something. I know that in one hour I can, and I know exactly what it will be. Very comfortable indeed.
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    I eat by the clock because I don't want to let myself get to hungry and end up eating the first thing I see. Plus if I skip breakfast I could go most of the day without eating. Not good for weight loss.
    1964 days ago
    I don't know about maintenance mode, but I have always found that when trying to lose weight, if timing my foods by the clock, I have been the most successful. I'm not good at truly knowing when I am hungry. Like you, when I'm hungry, I don't want to wait for food either. Waiting for me means the temptations of overeating or snacking before meals. The clock is certainly my friend!
    1965 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    I have always felt guilty for not following the "eat only when hungry" rules and instead using the clock....I get too hungry if I don't pay attention to the clock- especially if I'm really involved in my work, and I get myself into trouble. I don't feel I have (and my never) perfected the recognition of true hunger.
    1969 days ago
    Good advice!!
    1970 days ago
    I need to stop eating after dinner, no matter what the clock says. In the meantime, I eat little bits all during the day -- generally -- the clock tells me that it's every could pf hours or so!
    1972 days ago
    great idea I have some snacks in between
    1972 days ago
    That is close to how I eat although the hours are different. I eat earlier.
    Sometimes I have a healthy snack if I am hungry.
    1972 days ago
    You have just validated for me that it's ok to eat by the clock! I have tried so hard to follow the advice of noting your own body's need for food. Doesn't work! I "need" food all the time! Eating by the clock is usually what I end up doing when I am actively following the program.(as opposed to "kind of following the program") Know what? It works! Thanks for the blog saying it works for you, too, Nell!
    1972 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Thank You for Your Blog. I really did enjoy it. This is the WAY TO GO. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy You Day. Take Care.

    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2012 12:25:07 AM
    I, too, eat by the clock, three times
    a day without snacks. Our bodies
    like routine. Our bodies will prepare
    to receive the food when we eat on a
    schedule. I do find that I am usually
    hungary when it is time to eat.

    1972 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2012 11:00:14 PM
  • --KREN
    Having a regular schedule is beneficial to your body, no doubt. Most of my family worked nights in law enforcement and was on call a lot. They found it very difficult to stay healthy, sleep well, eat well, etc. Anyone who can have a regular schedule in sleeping, eating, even exercising has a better chance at a healthy body, a healthy lifestyle, for sure!
    1972 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    I'm with you.
    1972 days ago
    Ya know....I do the same thing. I'll look at the clock and think 'OK, now it's time to eat.' Do it all the time and I think that it's one thing that's helped me to lose weight. If you miss a meal time b/c you're not paying attention to the time, then you get TOO hungry and you might blow it. I think it's a good thing to eat on time, not allowing yourself to become famished. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1972 days ago
    Pretty much my method too: asking myself when I'm hungry and what I want to eat doesn't work for me!!
    1972 days ago
    I prefer to eat that way also! If I waited until I was hungry I would definitely overeat! But if I have a plan I manage to control my eating much better!

    1973 days ago
    Yes! emoticon

    1973 days ago
    I have a similar pattern. My body gets hungry at the same times every day because I feed it about the same amount at the same time. It's good to be consistent.
    1973 days ago
    I'm a bit of a clock watcher too. Thanks for the spot on blog!
    1973 days ago
    I'm pretty much a clock watcher too.
    Breakfast between 7 and 8 depending on workout plan
    Lunch between 12 and 1
    Dinner between 6 and 7.

    When I really watch the clock is for my mid afternoon snack between 3 and 4. Without this I would graze all the way through the afternoon - bit by bit by bit.
    1973 days ago
    My dad is like that, and it works for him. Doesn't work for all of us, but if it works for you, then that's what you do. Makes perfect sense to me.
    1973 days ago
    Funny, I've tried to train myself to eat by hunger and satiety, but sometimes I have to grab the opportunity to have lunch in between meetings, or I'll have to wait too long and then spoil dinner! And I've been feeling guilty about it, which is really dumb.

    I find it even harder to recognize fullness, which makes sense because supposedly it takes your brain 20 minutes to recognize that you're full!
    1973 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    1973 days ago
    I'm guilty of eating by the clock also. It works best for me. Your schedule is the same as mine. emoticon for letting me know I am normal, according to us. LOL
    1973 days ago
    It's the "old fashioned" way, isn't it?

    Once again, Nell, you are one of the leaders helping us with your sensible, tried and true, no nonsense formula.

    I have two of your blogs printed out and stuck to my wall in front of me here. Maybe I'll print this one and then throw out all my best seller health/diet books and magazines. I think they are just making a simple issue waaaaay too complicated. And the fact that I have to see them day in and day out--probably causes guilt and helps to continue the "magical thinking" mentality.

    OK. Relocating these cookbooks and diet books that I almost never use will go to the top of my to-do list. I know I'm not up to giving them away yet.

    1973 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I was so glad to see this because that is how I do it...I have to...I don't allow myself to get too hungry or it's ALL OVER. I am so glad to read you and so many do it that way...because especially you, are so much better at all this than I am. But it is what works for me too emoticon
    1973 days ago
    Nothing wrong with that!! :)
    1973 days ago
    I think that's the smarter way to do it, as it reminds me that regularity keeps blood sugar stable.
    Otherwise, I tend to get distracted
    and not eat a meal, then make up
    for it the rest of the day. Big
    1973 days ago
    I too eat by the clock. I really think it's a great maintenance tool.
    Works for me!
    Have a terrific Sunday.
    1973 days ago
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