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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/11/13 1:07 P

Starvation mode, if it even exists, takes a habit of weeks and weeks of not eating enough for your body. It won't happen in a day if you don't eat within 2 hours.

SHESHNA Posts: 19
1/11/13 9:49 A

Pick healthy snacks to eat. You should never go more than 2 to 3 he's without eating something but pick the right something. If u don't eat u will risk over eating at meal time. Also, your body could go in to starvation mode. Not good either, your body will start to store energy instead of burning.

SQUEE_ME Posts: 37
1/11/13 9:03 A

I am terrible for snacking - i've found for me the best way wasn't to cut out snacking, but split my meals up into 5 healthy meals instead. I have a smaller breakfast, followed by a mid morning snack, a smaller lunch, followed by a mid afternoon snack, and then a smaller dinner. Keeps me from over eating!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
1/11/13 7:11 A

If you wait more than 4 hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels...Timed snacks give your body steady supply of fuel and small meals plus snacks can help reduce your risk of heart attack by keeping your heart's workload during digestion to a minim.

Many doctors are not well versed in diabetes....An Endocrinoligist is a specialist in metabolic problems and diabetes....Is your Doctor an Endocrinoligist? Maybe it's time to see one for another opion.

I agree with your doctor and clarify what he said and get a refferal to see a registered dietician

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
1/11/13 6:54 A

It IS possible that what your doctor said was, quit snacking. But what he meant was, quit snacking on the wrong kind of stuff. For example, half a cup of ice cream and a few cookies wouldn't be good. But a couple peanut butter crackers would be okay. Sometimes what we hear is not what someone meant.

In any case, I think a referral to a diabetes educator or registered dietician would be a good idea. Most insurance will pay for it, as your diet has a great deal to do with how well your diabetes is managed.

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1/11/13 3:09 A

one thing that helps me is 3 medium meals and one snack. it works for me, any more than that and I just do NOT feel good.

but I AM older now, so 5-6 meals just doesn't feel right anymore.

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1/11/13 2:49 A

Most endros (diabetic docs) support having snacks to help keep ones glucose levels on the level, thus I suggest that you talk with a diabetic dietician who might be able to help you form a plan that will work for you.

The idea of eating 6 small meals a day might work for some, but not for all.

I tend to graze through the day when at home, which means I might have a main meal at some point but other wise I'm grabbing stuff here n there as I'm hungry to do so (which does make getting in enough calories an issue at times - but works well enough for my glucose control).

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/11/13 2:41 A

Ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian.

Why on earth would you WANT to not snack? Studies consistently show that for most people, regular eating helps you eat less, with meals + snacks being optimum.

The key is not in WHEN you eat. The key is in HOW MUCH you eat, in total, over the entire day.

So get a referral to see someone who actually knows the first thing about losing weight, if it's critical for you to do so. The advice you have been given is poor.

BENTOGYRL Posts: 279
1/11/13 1:25 A

Instead of eating 3 meals a day as is common in America split it up into 6 small meals. This works great for me because I have a small stomach and never eat very much anyway. I get full quickly, but I also have to eat often. :)

KIMORAMA317 SparkPoints: (246)
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1/11/13 12:55 A

My diabetes doctor wants me to lose weight and stop snacking between meals. I eat well at mealtimes, but I still get hungry between meals. What do I do? Any suggestions?

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