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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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MARTI1LL 11/6/2012 11:57AM

    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.

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TIEDYED69PEACE 11/5/2012 4:04PM

    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!

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MKELLY72 11/1/2012 11:13AM

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.

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KALISWALKER 10/31/2012 3:47PM

    Good advice!!

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ILOVEMALI 10/29/2012 2:16PM

    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!

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NASFKAB 10/29/2012 7:07AM

  great idea I have some snacks in between

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/29/2012 6:11AM

    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.

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ZUCCHINIQUEEN 10/29/2012 6:04AM

    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!

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123ELAINE456 10/29/2012 12:24AM

  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.


Comment edited on: 10/29/2012 12:25:07 AM

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ROSEWAND 10/28/2012 10:59PM

    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.

Comment edited on: 10/28/2012 11:00:14 PM

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--KREN 10/28/2012 10:15PM

    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!

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NOMIS1 10/28/2012 10:14PM

    I'm with you.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 10/28/2012 10:07PM

    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

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WATERMELLEN 10/28/2012 7:08PM

    Pretty much my method too: asking myself when I'm hungry and what I want to eat doesn't work for me!!

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AVANELL 10/28/2012 6:31PM

    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!

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JOANNS4 10/28/2012 6:23PM

    Yes! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 10/28/2012 2:57PM

    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.

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/28/2012 2:04PM

    I'm a bit of a clock watcher too. Thanks for the spot on blog!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/28/2012 1:53PM

    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.

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PHEBESS 10/28/2012 1:44PM

    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.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/28/2012 12:04PM

    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!

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FISHINGLADY66 10/28/2012 11:27AM

    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

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ZEEDRA 10/28/2012 11:20AM

    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.


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GABY1948 10/28/2012 11:16AM

    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

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BOBOBOBBI 10/28/2012 11:15AM

    Nothing wrong with that!! :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/28/2012 11:05AM

    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

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MEXGAL1 10/28/2012 11:04AM

    I too eat by the clock. I really think it's a great maintenance tool.
Works for me!
Have a terrific Sunday.

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