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6 small meals vs. 3 big ones

I've decided to start of the new year by speeding up my metabolism and read that small frequent meals are a great way to do this. Any other ideas (to speed it up)? I'm totally into this.

Mon. Jan 2, 1:18pm

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I love the idea of small frequent meals (or .. better yet, big frequent meals - like 1 lb of steamed broccoli!).

Monday, January 02, 2006, 1:40 PM

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Frequent is good

I've been working with a personal trainer lately and he said that definitely I should be eating 6 times a day: 3 meals and 3 snacks: breakfast as soon as I wake up, a mid-morning snack, lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, dinner, and then a snack about an hour before bedtime. Like you read, this does definitely boost your metabolism by keeping it constantly working.

He also said, and this may help you too, that a good balance of 50-60% carbs, 20-25% protein and 20-25% fat is healthy for all meals and snacks. Snacks should be about 100 calories. Now, I am on a pretty active exercise/strength training regimen, working out 6 times a week and eating about 1700 calories per day, so that may not be the right plan for everyone, but maybe it will give you some ideas.

Kate (kissmekate02)

Monday, January 02, 2006, 2:09 PM

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Thanks! This is great info!!!!

Monday, January 02, 2006, 6:55 PM

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Hey there :)
I too am trying to eat 6 small meals a day. I started today.
Have you read the Bosy for Life by Bill Phillips? Its a great book and FILLED with inspiration!!
Good Luck!

Monday, January 02, 2006, 9:57 PM

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I love eating 5-6 small meals - I feel better, I don't get hungry between meals, my blood sugar and energy are more balanced. Especially between lunch and dinner for most people - there is usually way too much time with the way the work/communting schedules go. It helps with the afternoon crankiness too!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006, 7:24 AM

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Gah! How do you remember?

I would love to and prefer to have many small meals rather than the giant 3, but where do you find the time and remember to do it? I have some food at my desk (yogurt, granola, pb, sometimes fruit) but I never remember to eat as I am so busy all day.


ALSO, what consititutes a small meal? I wonder, is an apple a small meal? Is pb and toast a small meal? or what?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006, 1:57 PM

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I could never forget to eat, LOL! What a luxury!

Well, to figure out a small meal, determine how many calories total you need to be eating in a day. So say you want to be eating 1800 calories and you're spreading it out over 6 equal meals, then each meal should be 300 calories. If you are eating 3 meals and 3 snacks, then your snacks should be 100 calories each and then your meals would be about 500 calories each. Make sense? An apple is a decent snack but not a meal.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006, 2:04 PM

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How can I forget? Also, each "meal" for me is not necessarily that much food, it just helps to provide a bridge to the next larger meal.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 4:57 AM

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6 meals are working for me

I've lost 18 pounds in the past 4 weeks eatigng 3 meals and 3 snacks. am usng the Jenny Craig pre-packaged frozen entrees as the center of most of the melas and snacks and supplemtent them with fresh veggies, fruit yogurt and oatmeal for( breakfast evey other day. )

I love it!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 11:28 AM

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Re: Frequent is good

This seems like really great advice from your trainer. But, I have been working with a trainer as well, and although he is in support of the 6 small meals a day. He recommends working out on an empty stomach and not taking a bite of food until at least 30 minutes to an hour after my workout

Wednesday, January 04, 2006, 1:44 PM

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