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im sure you guys have heard about eating 5 to 6 small meals a day every 2 to 3 hours, right? it helps keep your metabolism going because you arent eating 3 big meals spaced apart by 5 or 6 hours.
anywho, say i wake up at 7:00 AM, go for a run and get back and have breakfast at 8:00. like...140 cal instand oatmeal, 80 cal yogurt, and 50 cal all bran.
so thats like 270 cal of good wholesome food.
according to that 5 to 6 small meals a day, im supposed to eat something 2 or 3 hours later, around 10:00 or 11:00 AM. sooo...my question is...what if im not hungry? shud i eat something just to keep my metabolism going? if so, what? like 100 calories of something? and if i do, does that count as one of my 5 meals a day? i try to eat 5-300 or so calorie meals a day. so if im not hungry and turn one of those into a 100 calorie snack, all of a sudden my calorie intake for the day is 1300. and what if i do that twice a day? it becomes 1100! so shud i eat even when im not hungry?
thx for any advice!
also. r u saying i shudnt eat if im not hungry? or if i should eat like 100 calories and after a few weeks my body will demand the 300 calories? or am i supposed to eat the 300 calorie meal even if im not hungry?
thx for any replies!
I try to eat 5-6 times a day. I usually do breakfast, snack, lunch, (most often times I forget this snack), dinner and sometimes a later snack if I've forgotten earlier in the day.
Even if your not hungry, much on an apple, maybe a few almonds or some carrots. Apples are a natural source of energy so they will give you a little energy boost too.
Hope this helps.
i eat a 300 calorie breakfast
3 hours later, not hungry, so i eat a 100 calorie snack.
3 hours later, hungry so i eat a 300 calorie meal
3 hours later, not hungry so i eat a 100 calorie snack.
3 hours later, hungry so i eat a 300 calorie meal.
that gets me to 1100 calories. my goal for calories is 1500. is this bad? or should i stick to this and my body will eventually start getting hungrier at the right times?
Do not eat if you are not hungry. If you do get hungry have a small snack/meal. The guideline for eating several meals per day is so that you aren't hungry all of the time. Being hungry can lead to overeating.
The key is to avoid *going hungry* for many hours. It is easiest to avoid going hungry if you eat small meals throughout the day. Some people do not need to do this if they eat well balanced meals, as you seem to be doing.
My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes (2 weeks ago) so we are learning the road to counting calories, couting carbs, and eating lighter "meals" at mealtime and DEFINITELY midmorning and midafternoon snacks. This is to help keep his blood sugar as even as possible throughout the day.
But another advantage to regulated blood sugar is it curbs hunger. So I'm guessing if you distribute your calories relatively evenly throughout the day, you eventually may reach a point where you never feel really hungry, with the growly stomach and all. But as I said, it is new and we are still learning. I will say that since his diagnosis, I've lost six pounds. So there must be something to it!