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How many meals a day do you eat?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ok, I'm thinking about maybe changing up some stuff. Cause I've had a "few" setbacks recently and I'm thinking change may be due. So I'm asking everyone for some help over the next week and I'm hoping to find what I need in my fellow sparkers responses!

So today my quetion is How many meals a day do you eat?

I am currently doing the 3 meals 2 snack thing. Which just doesn't seem to be cutting it. I'm still ravenous. So I'm thinking of maybe trying to do the smaller meals more frequently thing.
So I'm curious how many small meals? Are they all about equal?

What constitutes small meal?

Meal ideas?

I have children, so anyone out there with children follow this kind of plan? Do you still make complete meals for them, or are they eating more frequent smaller meals too?

Thanks everyone for the input I really appreciate any responses and opinions and insights!
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    I lost weight when I was a member of a wellness center diet program. We were to eat one protein and one carb 5-6 times a day total about 1200 calories or so. All the free vegetables you want. Fruits were counted as carbs. It works but like I said before, it gets to be too time consuming. Eat healthy, count calories, drink water and get exercise.
    3049 days ago
  • CEB2007
    Eat when you're hungry but not necessarily a meal and make it protein and fiber. That works for me when I work my plan. My problem is I'm not always on plan.
    3049 days ago
    My eating habits range from 3 meals, 2 snacks... or just eat 5 times roughly the same calories each time. I prefer eating the same amount each time because it just seems to make me feel fuller (and feel like I graze all day even though I'm staying in my range). The only downside is while working I can only do the 3 meals, 2 snacks.
    3050 days ago
    I also found the 3 meals and a snack wasn't working for me. Believe it or not, I was too full to eat the calories sp wanted me to consume for the amount of exercise I do. So I added a midmorning and afternoon to the tracker leaving the meals and snack listed. Sometimes it might just be a protein bar since protein was another issue - I prefer fruits and vegetables. I found some that were only 200 calories with 20g of protein. Another mini meal I like is yogurt and a piece of fresh fruit. I just keep it very simple.

    Hope this helps a little.

    Mary Anne emoticon
    3050 days ago
    Opps, sorry I did not intend to send the same message twice, so correcting that here.
    Have a great day. emoticon
    3050 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2010 9:05:09 AM
    I usually eat the three but I have tried the five to six with success. Just gets to be a hassle.
    3050 days ago
  • ALL4ME2010
    I have recently switched to the 6 smaller meals a day. Yes, it does seem that you are eating all the time. My advice would be to make sure you get protein in there to help with the cravings. I had to switch due to IBS issues. I've noticed that I've had fewer flareups since I switched to the 6 smaller meals. SO, it does work for me. Hang in there. :o)
    3050 days ago
    This might sounds crazy, but I feel like the more frequently I eat during the day, the more hungry I am. Almost as if I'm metabolizing everything so fast that I'm in a constant state of hunger. When I keep it around three meals, it works well. Starting out with a semi-hearty breakfast also seems to work well with me. I'm usually never hungry around lunch, so lunch is light, and then just as my stomach starts talking, its dinner time, and then before the hunger hits again I'm in bed.
    3050 days ago
  • MICHAELA2780
    I actually went the opposite direction. I did 3 meals, 2 snacks and had the same problem. I went with the 3 big meals...I read some info on and that helped me make up my mind. I have to plan my meals fairly well so I get the right kinds of food that will keep me full but that aren't too high in calories. But it has actually freed me up to concentrate on other things during the day. Before I was constantly trying to figure out when I needed to eat again...that was frustrating!
    3050 days ago
    oh and you have a beautiful family!
    3050 days ago
    well I always eat 6 meals but so does my family - a good breakfast with a fruit, starch, and protien - a snack (100 calories) lunch usually a salad with a protien - a snack (fruit) dinner usually fish or chicken with veggies - and sometimes a snack (jello with some fruit in it)

    here is a sample of my menu today

    Oatmeal with protien powder - tea - flax seed oil

    blue berry smoothie - 1 C berries, whey protien powder and ice

    salad - romain, carrots, cucumber, green pepper, and 4 oz of turkey with balsamic dressing


    salmon and 12 oz of veggie (green beans tonight)

    sugar free fat free jello

    I find I'm not hungry between my meals - I am hungry at meal time. I drink 64 oz of water and if I do feel a hunger "pain" I drink a glass of water first because sometimes when we think we are hungry it is dehydration! so I always drink my water first!

    hope this helps and good luck!
    3050 days ago
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