3 meals into 4?

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idontknow
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3 meals into 4?

Post by idontknow » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:59 am

Hi,
Has anyone successfully split their 3 meals into 4?
I have breakfast at 6.30, lunch is at 12.30, and then dinner is often not until 9pm because of exercise classes etc. That is a long time to wait.
I have experimented with delaying lunch until 3.30pm, which works ok, but can be hard when everyone else is eating lunch. Strangely, waiting 9 hours to eat lunch is much easier than waiting 9 hours to eat dinner - I’m not sure why! It might be because my days are so busy and it takes my mind off the hunger.
I have also tried splitting lunch into 2 parts: 12.30 and 4pm - so the amount of food is the same, it is just spread out. However, this feels as though I am not eating enough food at either mealtime.
I would welcome thoughts and suggestions.
53 years old
Average weight loss:
May 18 - 2.45lbs

minimizer
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Post by minimizer » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:28 am

That's what I would do if I had to wait so long between meals. If you are eating the same amount, split into two dinner meals, then that could work.

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Post by gingerpie » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:23 pm

There is no reason not to plan four meals instead of three. I think the important part is the planning. So, it's fine to say, "I have four meals on days I go to the gym" and plan out those meals in a reasonable manor that suits your needs. It's not ok to say, "I'm extra hungry today so I'm going to have a an extra plate of impulsivity chosen food eaten at this random time."
Go ahead and make a moderate plan that fits you. Overtime you'll probably tweak and adjust it somewhat but if you establish firm habits you'll find your way.

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Post by Larkspur » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:54 pm

Maybe delay breakfast till 10 or so? Or (not canon) eat two quite large meals during the day and skip dinner?

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Post by MaggieMae » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:49 am

I second ginger pie!

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Post by Amy3010 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:32 am

I do this on Wednesdays when I have yoga which means I leave the house at 6:30 pm and am not back til 8:30 pm. I don't want to have a full stomach at yoga so I have a small plate of food about 5, and then a small plate of food at 8:30 when I get home.

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Post by krawford13 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:34 pm

I eat 4 small meals everyday. I tried and tried eating 3 meals but had a really hard time. I started this after reading about a woman who ate 4 small/half meals a day and lost over 40 pounds. I have lost 20 pounds doing this. But I eat like this everyday even on weekends. And I eat exactly what I want. I just use small plates.
kat

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Post by krawford13 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:14 pm

And I do follow the no snacks no sweets no second principles daily
kat

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Zoid
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Post by Zoid » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:48 am

I eat 4 meals. My 4th is around 8:30 pm and is always a yogurt.

I'm nursing though and need the calories or my milk supply drops. I'm still slowly losing weight, so it works for me.
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BMI of 24.9 = 140.5 lbs

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Post by missywilde70 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:56 pm

I also have 4 mealtimes, but the first two are very small.

Fruit with coffee early am, then a savory breakfast midmorning, lunch, dinner.
Missy

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