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To Eat or Not to Eat

I know that is is important to eat 3 meals a day, however what if you are not hungry. Then what???

Thu. May 24, 5:03pm

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Go with what your body tells you. Not hungry don't eat, your body will let you know otherwise.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 5:06 PM

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Eat no matter what. Certain types of dieting and eating disorders screw up your brain's ability to interpret a hunger signal. Get yourself on a schedule and give your body the energy it needs to function properly (including losing weight!).

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 5:19 PM

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If you don't eat, won't your body go into a famine mode and not burn calories like normal, making it harder to lose weight?

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 5:36 PM

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You're right about the famine mode, however, that is if you fight the hunger. If your body is hungry it needs fuel, but everyone is different. Some can happily skip a meal especially if they have a larger one earlier (ie: I had a huge lunch, and I have no desire for dinner around dinner time). Some might need 6 small meals a day to keep the engine going.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 5:54 PM

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eh, I go with whatever my body would like. However I do not have any issues with eating disorders. There are times though when I just won't be hungry for a period - usually coincides with changes in the season, periods, etc... So i don't really eat much then. if you learn to listen to yourself, your body does know what it needs, but sometimes you need to go through a period of scheduled healthy eating to get yourself some distance from things that can cause compulsive overeating like sugars, fats and sodium. There was a period where I got very out of touch with myself, and a couple months of very good structured eating helped me tune into my body's needs - like resetting a clock.

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 6:03 PM

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It depends.

Do you skip meals often? if so, your body has probably adjusted to less food so it doesn't send out hunger signals like it should. Which also means that it's going to hold on to anything you eventually put in your system.

I went through a period of eating one meal a day and I wasn't EVER hungry. I'm much hungrier now that I eat 6 times a day.

If I eat a late and larger than normal breakfast, I'll sometimes skip the normal lunch and have a yogurt and piece of fruit (something small) instead. I'm always hungry now. :/

Thursday, May 24, 2007, 6:49 PM

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