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Does eating 5-6 times a day work for you?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hey peeps,

I have been trying to get on a better eating plan for the past 6 months and nothing seems to have helped me lose any weight. In fact since January I have gained 12 pounds. And last year gained an over all 10 pounds. Basically I am about 25 pounds larger than last June. Worst of all I was at my goal size of 12 last June and now size 16.

So I am going to try to eat more often and see if that will work better for me. I am also going to try to reduce my carbs so that my starches are in the morning or lunch but only lean protein and veggies for my last two meals.

I am switching since my typical day is 3 meals and no snacks. But when you look at the times I eat, there is way too much time between meals. So I am eating large meals and then going into starvation mode. Very inefficient. It is no wonder my body is reserving everything as fat or muscle.

For example yesterday here are the times I ate.
Wake up: 7:30AM (no food)
Breakfast 9:30AM (starchy meal)
Lunch 12PM (starchy meal)
afternoon snack 4PM (sugary snack)
Gym workout: 6-7PM (boxing) so super high calorie burn
Dinner 7:45PM (super starchy meal)
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Here is the times I have eaten today so far:
Meal 1: 8AM (protein smoothie+ fruit)
Meal 2: 9:30AM (starchy carb + fat and sm. protein)
Meal 3: 11:45-12:15PM (Protein w/ veggie)
Work out 12:45-1:30PM circuit training
Meal 4: 2PM (almond milk and protein and salad)
Meal 5: 4PM sm yogurt.
Meal 6: Dinner : prob. 7PM or 7:30PM.

Today my carbs are very high (well over the goal of 150-200) This is due to meal 1 and 2 but hey it is only day 1. But I am at least eating every few hours.

Looking forward to seeing if this keeps me from over indulging like I do when I am super hungry. Also I am going to restart taking a probiotic pill twice a day to see if I can have better digestion/BM movement. I also have these fiber colon cleanse pills I want to take until the bottle is done.

I know this will be a totally new way to eat for me and there will need to be a lot of planning and bringing food to work. But if I can start having better digestion and more frequent BM movements, it will be worth it. I know that in itself will show my body is being more efficient with processing my food.

Tell me if this eating frequency works for you and if you have good easy to follow menus you would like to share and I will do the same.

MJ-
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RHYMESWITHBABY 5/24/2013 8:03AM

    I eat protein with every meal, including snacks. I usually have 3 regular meals and two snacks a day -- so you could maybe call that 5 meals a day. I try to stick mostly to "good carbs", and if I have bread it's whole-grain as much as possible. I don't especially like white potatoes, so I hardly ever have them, but I do like sushi so I eat plenty of white rice. My carbs are usually within range, but SP gives me such a huge range, it's pretty hard to go outside it. I only really pay attention to my protein number, so I don't adjust my diet around carbs at all. (By the way, I have digestive issues, too, but then I take a supplement that is high in iron to ward off anemia so that probably doesn't help matters.)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 5/24/2013 1:21AM

    Looks like you've thought this plan out. I wish you the best with it. It does sound like it's the jolt you need to help you lost some weight.

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AZULVIOLETA6 5/23/2013 8:29PM

    No, 5-6 meals a day does not work for me. Keeping my carbs under 100G/day does though! I would absolutely gain weight if I were consuming 150-200G/day.

I think that it is worth experimenting to find what is right for you. This is why tracking everything consistently is SO very helpful.

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