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Eating frequent meals

I would just like to get some opinions on how often people should eat. My personal trainer told me to eat healthy foods every two hours. I have heard things from two hours to four hours to keep your metabolism going. However, I just had a discussion with someone who suggested that this is all silly and that you should just eat when you are hungry. I honestly have lost touch with my body and I'm not sure when I'm hungry I also think I'm likely to binge if I wait too long. What do you think?

Sun. May 27, 3:03pm

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I try to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks. I keep my calories between 1200-1500. I never try to put my body in starvation mode. I may even have a protein shake after I work out. I do not count that as my snack.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 3:32 PM

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I eat five or six small meals a day. Eating more often keeps you from becoming ravenous and overeating, and it also increases your metabolism.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 4:34 PM

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I have a protein shake after I work out. Then I have breakfast a couple of hours later ( I work out very early). I then have lunch at 12 pm, snack at 4pm., and then dinner. That's 5 times. Every 3-4 hours is ideal. It does keep your metabolism going and you will notice that once your body is used to you eating often, you will feel hungry every 3-4 hours. People who feel they can go hours and hours without eating have a slow metabolism and their bodies are holding on to everything they eat because their body doesn't know when the next meal is. When eating more frequently, your body uses up the fuel quickly because it knows you will be eating in a few hours.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 4:48 PM

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frequent meals

I have breakfast always then 2 other meals with 2 small snacks am and afternoon. It helps me from nibbling or overeating.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 5:06 PM

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i eat 1000 - 1200 calories a day, i nibble all day long probably about every two hours, i'm never hungry.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 5:38 PM

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If you are a natural binger, or even snacker, planning out frequent meals is a good idea, b/c you won't get hungry between them and then have the urge to go snack. People mostly snack b/c "it's not meal time, so prepping something would be too much food," and then they snack on something that is less healthy and more calories than they would've eaten if they had just made something and eaten it.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 5:41 PM

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Hi everyone,
Thank you for the comments. I felt down after the conversation mentioned when I started this thread, now I feel as though I did have it right. I'll keep going as I am.

Monday, May 28, 2007, 8:24 AM

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I literally eat small meals every 3 hours (meals between 200 to 300 cal). I've been eating my meals on small saucers (including dinner). I've been doing this for a while now. I find that I have a VERY hard time overeating because I get full so easily now.

I love eating this way....feel great all day.

Saturday, September 05, 2009, 8:34 PM

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