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    Timing between meals matter?

    Usually I space my meals apart by about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. However sometimes I don't have time to eat that often so there might be a little longer in between. What I'm asking is if I wait around 4 hours between meals 2 and 3, would it make sense to make up for it by eating about an hour or so after meal 3? Hopefull you know what the hell i'm asking, it was kinda hard to put it into words. Thanks!!!

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    of course it does u got to keep that metab going steady

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    Quote Originally Posted by clubbinkid
    of course it does u got to keep that metab going steady
    i would really try to keept to 3hrs. pack ur lunch make ur meals that are on the go in a luch box,the night b4. i had the problem and just reaaly tried to deal with it and now i am on point. **** during class im eating my meal if it falls at that time anywere i am basicaaly plan ahead it helps

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    I guess I should have titled the thread differently. I def understand timing between meals is important, I'm just asking if it matters that if I wait longer between one meal, if I should shorten the length of the next. Again, it was hard to put into words, but thanks for the advice. Keep it coming!!!

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    I don't think this matters as much as people say it does...obviously, it is MUCH better to eat 5-6 small meals spaced evenly throughout the day than 2-3 large ones like most americans do. This is almost indisputable. It keeps insulin levels stable and metabolism high...but, if once in a while you have to go 4 hrs, your metabolism is not going to come to a screeching halt. I think it's a little on the anal-retentive side to watch the clock all day and eat on the exact minute you think you need to. As long as you generally eat small, frequent meals, you should reap the metabolic benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNoMac
    Usually I space my meals apart by about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. However sometimes I don't have time to eat that often so there might be a little longer in between. What I'm asking is if I wait around 4 hours between meals 2 and 3, would it make sense to make up for it by eating about an hour or so after meal 3? Hopefull you know what the hell i'm asking, it was kinda hard to put it into words. Thanks!!!
    What part of Ohio you from bro!?

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    kim i def agree it shouldnt make a big deal but just getting the process down around the same time for makes the days less stressful and easier when there planned......good reply

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    Yea, I really wasn't stressing to much over it, I was just curious. I usually do have it spaced out evenly, but it just so happened to get messed up today, so I thought I would ask. Thanks for the replies!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNoMac
    Yea, I really wasn't stressing to much over it, I was just curious. I usually do have it spaced out evenly, but it just so happened to get messed up today, so I thought I would ask. Thanks for the replies!!

    Daman---COLUMBUS!!! you?

    is that u in that pic cuz if it is u should be telling me a few things LOL....bro dont worry every one has a moment were they fall off but just get right back o track on the next meal if thast ur only fault ur on ur way to succes godd luck

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    one thing i will address is that if you wait four hours during meals then dont shorten the time to one hour after the next one....still wait at least 2 hours til your next meal as shorting the time to 1 hour isnt going to do anything special..also you probably havent digested a good amount of the last meal after an hour so it's better to wait at least 2 between meals....and so you know last semester because of work i had to wait four hours between meals 4 and 5 for three days a week and it didnt hinder my fat loss or strength.....it wont kill you.

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    Thanks for the replies!!!

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    what ever happend to just eating when your hungry? i get hungry every 2.5-3 hours and then i chow down.. if i dont feel hungry at that time i wait till i do which is never more then 4 hours.. and yeah clubinkid i've been known to bring tuna to class.. So i get crazy looks but ****'em what do they know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elliot
    what ever happend to just eating when your hungry? i get hungry every 2.5-3 hours and then i chow down.. if i dont feel hungry at that time i wait till i do which is never more then 4 hours.. and yeah clubinkid i've been known to bring tuna to class.. So i get crazy looks but ****'em what do they know?
    im never really hungy, but i eat by the clock which is really recommended. to keep the metabolism goin 6 meals a day is optimal and you figure if you space em out 3 hours then you are perfect. i also bring tuna and various other foods to class (cold chicken and potatoes brings a few funny looks) the $hit smells though so i usually take a bathroom break to chow down real quick.

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    I think I've reached a point now where I know my body very well. I don't usually wait until I'm actually HUNGRY to eat but I don't eat when I'm not hungry either...I just know when I should eat, and when I don't need to. This usually ends up being every 3 hours...but sometimes it's only 2, sometimes it's 4...it depends on what I'm doing and what my last meal consisted of. Part of the reason people are so overweight is because our society has taught us to ignore our internal cues. Some of these "eat by the clock" rules are doing the same thing. Maybe not in such a detrimental way, but nevertheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DNoMac
    Daman---COLUMBUS!!! you?
    NE Part by Fairlawn/Akron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim2884
    I think I've reached a point now where I know my body very well. I don't usually wait until I'm actually HUNGRY to eat but I don't eat when I'm not hungry either...I just know when I should eat, and when I don't need to. This usually ends up being every 3 hours...but sometimes it's only 2, sometimes it's 4...it depends on what I'm doing and what my last meal consisted of. Part of the reason people are so overweight is because our society has taught us to ignore our internal cues. Some of these "eat by the clock" rules are doing the same thing. Maybe not in such a detrimental way, but nevertheless.
    good point babe and well said. though i know that i am super anal with food timing my body is so used to 6 meals a day that it's usually time to eat every three hours. i sometimes go four later a night when my appetite dies down, but never anymore than this. though i do believe that internal cues play a large role in dieting, i think we all know what choices to make and when to eat. not like those Mom's at IHOP that yell at their kid to eat more or they wont get a toy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim2884
    Part of the reason people are so overweight is because our society has taught us to ignore our internal cues. Some of these "eat by the clock" rules are doing the same thing.
    Wait, isn't it the opposite...fat people always listening to their body's internal cues telling them to eat

    But I think I know what you mean. Too many people allow food to control their life rather than being in control of their own bodies and taking good care of it. I hope I didn't misinterpret what you said

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    Bigsd- how did you know that's what I was thinkin about? I wanted to strangle that woman... "just one more bite...now finish your juice" UGH

    US- well, yes and no....people instinctively want to eat a lot of food and a lot of high-fat foods, in particular, because the body doesn't realize that we are no longer cave people who have to hunt and gather and don't always have a steady supply of food. So, we are kind of programmed to eat food when it is available and eat foods that are high in fat because they are the most energy efficient.
    BUT, we have forgotten how to STOP eating when we are full. If you take little kids and put a small plate of macaroni and cheese in front of them, they'll eat whatever amount satisfies them..let's say 1/5 cup. If the next day, you put a big ass plate of macaroni and cheese in front of these same kids, they'll eat the same 1/5 cup. If you took another group of older kids and did the same thing, you find that they will eat a lot more off of the large plate simply because it's there. Being presented with large portions encourages people to eat more than they need to...but this isn't true with very young children, because they can still self-regulate their food intake and respond to their internal cues of satiety.
    As they get older, they learn from their parents and other influences, that food isn't only meant to quelch hunger, but is also a social event, a reward, or a source of comfort. For example, if a child does well on a report card, the parent might say "good job! let's go out for ice cream!" ...and eating becomes associated with things other than hunger suppression. Also, a lot of parents overfeed their children ( this drive me up a wall!!). How many times have you seen people practically force food down their kids' throats? Or, my favorite, say something like " No dessert unless you finish your hamburger" WHAT the FCK is that about?? You have to eat more calories before you can eat even MORE calories from ****ty ass food that you don't even need cuz you're already full???!!
    And it starts from infancy....more people are bottle-feeding, and this totally messes up a baby's ability to self-regulate food intake. And mothers often will feed their baby an extra 1 or 2 oz. of formula even when baby is obviously full, just to finish the bottle. It seems harmless, but those extra 2 oz. can add up to an extra 350 cals. a week, which is a lot for a baby....and it also contributes to reducing their sensitivity to satiety signals, because they're full, but mommy's sending the message that that doesn't matter, you need to finish the bottle regardless. Not to mention the amount of people that give their children juice instead of water as a beverage...again, more unnecessary calories.
    Some recent studies have shown that people who seem to naturally have low BMIs are those that self-regulate their eating...the people who will leave food on a plate rather than eat more than they need. My guess is that these people are the ones who grew up in households that didn't use food so much as a reward and didn't force them to eat more than they wanted to. Sorry this was so long, but it's something I feel very strongly about. I hope you all remember this if and when you have kids.

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