4 meals a day - advice please

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fibit
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4 meals a day - advice please

Post by fibit » Tue May 01, 2018 7:57 pm

Hi all. This is my first post here. I've been doing No-S for quite a while, but I can't stop failing - often I get to the weekend and then I can't get back to things properly on a Monday. however, lately, I have been feeling so hungry some of the time (pre-lunch and pre-dinner) that I can't concentrate at work, have got migraines etc.

I want to try this now with 4 meals a day. I never have particularly big meals and I'm going to try and see if I can still lose weight with 4 meals a day. it will be slow I know but I'm really keen to get back in charge of my eating rather than feeling out of control. Today for example, between lunch and dinner, I had a piece of toast with peanut butter and banana and it seemed to be just the right amount to get me through to dinner.

my question is: does anyone else do a 4 meal a day pattern, and what do you think about it compared with 3 meals a day?

I think I'll give it a month and try and settle into a consistent habit and then re-evaluate.

thanks for reading

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Post by ladybird30 » Wed May 02, 2018 1:33 am

Go for it if that's what suits you. It's consistency and habit building that makes the difference. You can adjust later on if you wish.
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Post by Soprano » Wed May 02, 2018 5:03 am

It can't do any harm to try. I have a slight nos mod which means no starvation. Normally I can manage on three meals but occasionally I get far too hungry and will have a little snack but it is rare.

Do report back

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Post by oolala53 » Wed May 02, 2018 5:37 am

I've seen people choose to have a really small meal in the afternoon because it was too hard to get to dinner with nothing. Eventually, they often ended up dropping the extra meal, but a person wouldn't have to. It's just that the more frequent the eating, the smaller each event needs to be, if weight loss is a goal. You might still have one meal a day that's considered major to accommodate a social meal, but it's up to you. Were always looking for a rather natural and hopefully comfortable way to create a calorie deficit, even though we don't talk about calories. But No S cannot defy the laws of physics. :)
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Post by fibit » Wed May 02, 2018 9:33 am

thank you all. Oolala I agree I am trying to create a calorie deficit in a comfortable way, which may make things more difficult. I'll report back after I have some green days under my belt!

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Post by Marina » Wed May 02, 2018 1:18 pm

oolala53 wrote:I've seen people choose to have a really small meal in the afternoon because it was too hard to get to dinner with nothing. Eventually, they often ended up dropping the extra meal, but a person wouldn't have to. It's just that the more frequent the eating, the smaller each event needs to be, if weight loss is a goal.
That was what i did! I used to have an almost daily cashew nuts and almonds snack around 4 PM or else i'd feel sick. Now i rarely do this and by body has adjusted to 3 meals a day. I still have my nuts snack if i feel i might be sick, though.

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Post by Dandelion » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:41 pm

I have four meals a day, and always have. I do find it difficult to eat large meals - my plate is about as full as an average 4 year old. Not be design - just because I can't eat that much food at one time. Slightly uncomfortable maybe, but not why I have four.

Every day in our family we have afternoon tea. On weekends, it's all of us, but on weekdays it's just my son and me. Usually we have a small something to eat - and we talk. It's the time when I hear about his life - what he's doing, what he's concerned or excited or happy about. What he thinks and dreams.

From the time he was a little guy and his tea cup was mostly milk with enough tea to make it a bit beige - to now just weeks before he leaves for college.

I'm not giving that up for anything.

I'm always going to advise doing what works - no matter what anyone else thinks or does. It has to work for you, or it's not - well - going to work :)
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Post by minkalue » Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:59 am

Dandelion wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:41 pm
I have four meals a day, and always have. I do find it difficult to eat large meals - my plate is about as full as an average 4 year old. Not be design - just because I can't eat that much food at one time. Slightly uncomfortable maybe, but not why I have four.

Every day in our family we have afternoon tea. On weekends, it's all of us, but on weekdays it's just my son and me. Usually we have a small something to eat - and we talk. It's the time when I hear about his life - what he's doing, what he's concerned or excited or happy about. What he thinks and dreams.

From the time he was a little guy and his tea cup was mostly milk with enough tea to make it a bit beige - to now just weeks before he leaves for college.

I'm not giving that up for anything.

I'm always going to advise doing what works - no matter what anyone else thinks or does. It has to work for you, or it's not - well - going to work :)
This is so lovely!

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Re: 4 meals a day - advice please

Post by Dandelion » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:04 am

I just saw this reply. It seems rather timely. That kid I mentioned is a month away now from finishing his first year of college These days I have my tea alone. I'm glad I had those other teas.
'I do think the way to a full and healthy life is to adopt the sensible system of small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything. Above all, have a good time.' Julia Child

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Re: 4 meals a day - advice please

Post by automatedeating » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:05 pm

Dandelion, you rock. Thanks for keeping us all focused on the people we love - our ultimate motivation for being healthy.
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