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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Of course, the devil can quote scriptures for his purposes, but here is a link

to a report about the value of eating less often, which I committed to nearly 42 months ago and which has been instrumental in helping me tame my binge habit. This study was looking at people who ate two "larger" meals a day, breakfast and lunch. I am NOT advocating that, as I believe if an eating program doesn't account for a social life, it is doomed. But the commentator goes on to say that the value was found even when spread out over three meals. Bingo!

Not that I think that anything that shows it creates more weight loss is to be revered. It has to be sustainable! And I found after 7 years that eating very carefully chosen meals /snacks 5x a day wasn't worth sustaining because it wasn't leading me to reduce bingeing. Eating less often has. And I can still love food! I just don't have to eat it to love it.
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    I really agree with you on this one. I've never understood how constant snacking helps people with overeating. It seems like the idea would be to focus on something other than food for as much of the day as possible. As I have been clean eating, I find eating a large breakfast, a very small lunch, and a medium size dinner works best for me. Unfortunately I have a 6 hour gap between breakfast and lunch so I usually do snack - pumpkin seeds or nuts, 1 serving - it works pretty well for me.
    1747 days ago
    Thanks - I love every evidence that three-meals-and two-snacks is not the only truth... because I have fought with dieticians about those snacks... as for me every time I eat is a possible time to overeat and I donĀ“t particularry crave for snacks... The %.2 diet as well as these findings gives me strenght to look for what really works for me - and I think that on a daily basis I would be fine with two meals - breakfast and a sort o "lunner" at three-four in the afternoon. I hate that "lunch-box" things.

    he only problem is the social thing - but as I concuered the soical things with alcohol there must be a way with this as well.

    It would suit me fine because I can go to work and work until two, go home and cook and then work som extra hours from home...
    1749 days ago
    I completely agree. I think for years I tried the "6 mini-meals" option and it just didn't work for me or my lifestyle and definitely did not help me curb my binges. And I read a similar study a few weeks ago that said there's absolutely no more value in eating 5-6 mini meals a day vs. let's say 3 bigger meals. It's about calories in vs. calories out for weight loss. We should listen to our biology, our bodies should tell us when to eat, not a predetermined meal plan or diet plan. It took me years to really figure that out (and I still am figuring that out) but that's one of the reasons I curb my tracking of calories, I want to listen to MY BODY when eating. Of course using healthy guidelines but I don't want to be forced to eat a peanut butter sandwich when I want a turkey sandwich just because that's what is on my plan. Regardless, smart post! Valuable info. Thanks!
    1757 days ago
    I do have to say I felt pretty good following the No S way, eating 3 squares a day...might give it a try today!
    1757 days ago
    We are not 'cookie molds' and what works for one is fine for that person.
    There are people, such as diabetics, who need protein frequently during the day to maintain their blood glucose from spiking too high.
    1758 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    It's true that we have to find what works best for us, but it turns out that a lot of what is recommended is not what actually works best IN THE LONG RUN. Most of the remedies poured into the market place fail for the large majority of people and they keep trying to find what works best for them among doomed strategies.
    1758 days ago
    Having read the article, I really think it depends on what works best for a person.

    I find that on the South Beach Diet, that eating breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner are very doable for me and I can lose weight eating this way.

    The snacks for me are basically protein and a piece of fruit, and I find that when I eat this way, and track my calories, I eat better, less calories, and lose weight not to mention NOT HAVING cravings. The protein with the fruit offsets the sugar spike and so I eat the protein first and then the fruit. But of course, weighing and measuring everything helps as well.

    Sometimes I will eat a very small "dinner", and sometimes none at all depending on how active I've been. And if I find that after having eating dinner that I am still hungry for something sweet, I will eat fruit and that does the trick.

    But I've always believe that if you eat "living" foods that have enzymes' in them and are nutrient dense you will find your cravings disappearing as the body is getting the nourishment that it needs to rebuild cells, tissues and muscles. And so you will eat less because you are eating quality foods and giving your body the fuel that it needs to do its job.

    The body will only be as healthy as the foods you give it.

    Feed the body "dead" processed foods that are boxed and packaged, (although the have a long "shelf life"), will result in a diseased and possibly dead body in the end; especially if the foods are filled with pesticides and chemicals over the long haul.

    Did you know that Splenda has the chemical structural similar to DEET? Well it does. (Google it). My daughter's organic chemistry professor out in Cal State told me that. Splenda was originally developed as a pesticide in England, but even the bugs won't eat it. That should tell us something. And back in 2006 when I was using Swiss Miss hot chocolate with Splenda in it, it almost killed me. I broke out in like 3rd degree blisters everywhere. So I had to go on Prednisone for a couple of weeks. Thank God for Prednisone otherwise I would not be here today.

    The body doesn't know how to process the artificial sweeteners and just really sets up the "dieter" to crave more food and in the end can do more harm than good.

    I hope that you will find just the right niche for you in getting your nourishment to lose weight.
    1758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 7:04:24 PM
    As I hear again and again, everybody has to find what works best for them.
    1758 days ago
    Very interesting article emoticon
    1758 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    Interesting stuff. Thank you for posting. The "grazing" thing helps me right now, but maybe down the line I'll be able to work in a bigger breakfast and bigger lunch to see how it works for me.
    1758 days ago
    Oh sorry, double post. Please delete...
    1758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 12:19:49 PM
    Thank you, very interesting article. I wish they'd also posted the name of the research that said that three meals works also.
    I am also thinking that the research assumes that people eat about the same amounts every day - as they talk about a 500 calorie reduction? I don't have that. I eat well (meaning healthy foods and not too much of them) a few days per week and then WHAM I binge for one or two days per week or ten days. So how to 'reduce what I eat by 500 calories'? I've no idea (not that I was going to try, or that I believe focusing on calories at all would work for me - just wondering).
    I AM thinking that it's wise to decide on how many 'eating moments' to have per day and to try to stick to that. There are days when 'just' having three meals and two snacks is a challenge.
    1758 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/26/2013 12:19:29 PM
    I really feel best - and lose weight the easiest - when I eat a large breakfast that is typically an evening meal (as in 'The Reverse Diet'), a medium lunch, a snack in the afternoon, and then a green smoothie with a fruit for a LATE dinner.

    Of course nothing needs to be set in stone, and social events take precedence.
    1758 days ago
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