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How many times a day do you eat?

I have 3 "square" meals a day, no snacks at all. I've heard that you should eat more times a day to get your metabolism going but I'm not hungry at other times. Should I eat even if I'm not hungry?

Wed. Feb 7, 11:11am

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I eat several times a day. 150 cal breakfast, 500 cal lunch, 300 cal dinner and then 100 cal snacks in between.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 11:16 AM

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I try to eat more, smaller meals

I break up breaskfast into a little before my work out and a little after
I break up lunch into two meals, soup around noon, half a sandwich around 1:30-2:00
Diiner is generally one meal, but definitely a snack later in the evening.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 11:30 AM

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During the week, I tend to eat smaller meals throughout the day. On the weekends were I often have bigger meals, I don't snack.

My opinion is that if you are not hungry don't eat. It is the overall amount of calories you consume that matter. If you can stay within your desired calorie range with the 3 meals, stay with that. The eating more often helps some people who are trying to lower there calorie intake not get hungry. There is not enough of an increase in your metabolism by eating 5 vs. 3 meals to worry about.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 11:47 AM

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About 5 times a day:
Breakfast, about 300 calories
Lunch, about 200-300 calories
Afternoon snack, about 100 calories
Dinner, about 500-700 calories
Evening snack, about 100-150 calories

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 12:11 PM

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If I'm not paying attention, I only eat twice a day. I say sometimes, you have to eat even when you're not feeling hungry. I can get so busy I don't even realise I haven't eaten in 7 hours- that's NOT a good thing. So if you haven't eaten for 4 hours, pull out a ziploc of veggies, and try to eat a few- if you really can't stomach it, ok fine, but if you notice your body is craving fuel, then eat.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 12:26 PM

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