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June 16, 2011 11:45 AM
Myth #1: You Should Eat Every 2-3 Hours To Lose Weight

«This is a biggie. According to JJ, If you are doing this, you are a sugar burner, not a fat burner !
This does not lead to stable blood sugar. When you eat a diet with "loads" of non-starchy vegetables (like high nutrient greens!), low amounts of slow carbs (like lentils), ideal amounts of healthy fats, a little "clean and lean" protein- you create an environment for stable blood sugar.

When you eat, your blood sugar and insulin rises- it has to. When insulin is up the "message" to your body is that you don't have to burn stored fat because food is coming in. So when you eat every couple of hours you are shutting off fat burning and teaching your body to fuel on sugar. You want to teach your body to access stored fat for food.

What are healthy fats? Olive oil, avocado, coconut milk are great examples.

You should go 4-6 hours (or be able to) between eating. If you need to eat before this, you are out of balance. This can be "healed" in a couple of weeks. Research shows that when you eat a 400-600 calories breakfast- you burn more calories and keep it off.»

It is very interesting and ... well... logical !!
It is quite a big one myth to bust!!! I forced myself into eating more often because I never was a nibbler before.

But eating more often does help to eat less at once and maybe over all at the end..
What do you think??

Here is the link :
http://www.peertrainer.com/myth_busters_jjvirgin.aspx
  3254343
June 16, 2011 11:47 AM
Thank you for posting this. flowerforyou
June 16, 2011 11:48 AM
Interesting..
  4566352
June 16, 2011 11:49 AM
Im kind of "weird" maybe but I found out that eating every 3-4 hours is simply the best for me and it works, so I wont change anything. But interesting idea for future...oooooor no haha:D
  3264490
June 16, 2011 11:50 AM
That is interesting. I've been eating a snack between breakfast and lunch, but not between lunch and dinner.
June 16, 2011 11:50 AM
I agree with you that this does help with portion control. I have been doing very well with my weight loss and i eat every three hours, that is three meals and two snacks daily. So this information is very new to me.
  2635143
June 16, 2011 11:50 AM
This helps me support the reasons I like to go so long between meals.
And the reasons I fast.
Thank you!
  6318513
June 16, 2011 11:51 AM
QUOTE:

Myth #1: You Should Eat Every 2-3 Hours To Lose Weight

«This is a biggie. According to JJ, If you are doing this, you are a sugar burner, not a fat burner !
This does not lead to stable blood sugar. When you eat a diet with "loads" of non-starchy vegetables (like high nutrient greens!), low amounts of slow carbs (like lentils), ideal amounts of healthy fats, a little "clean and lean" protein- you create an environment for stable blood sugar.

When you eat, your blood sugar and insulin rises- it has to. When insulin is up the "message" to your body is that you don't have to burn stored fat because food is coming in. So when you eat every couple of hours you are shutting off fat burning and teaching your body to fuel on sugar. You want to teach your body to access stored fat for food.

What are healthy fats? Olive oil, avocado, coconut milk are great examples.

You should go 4-6 hours (or be able to) between eating. If you need to eat before this, you are out of balance. This can be "healed" in a couple of weeks. Research shows that when you eat a 400-600 calories breakfast- you burn more calories and keep it off.»

It is very interesting and ... well... logical !!
It is quite a big one myth to bust!!! I forced myself into eating more often because I never was a nibbler before.

But eating more often does help to eat less at once and maybe over all at the end..
What do you think??

Here is the link :
http://www.peertrainer.com/myth_busters_jjvirgin.aspx


heart I think I love you! Do you know how many years of hard training at a gym and a "fkd up" 2 hour eating regimine I went through to achieve -0- results!!!!! I'd like to strangle all the fitness trainers who claimed this 2-hour small meal eating plan would stabalize my blood sugar level and make me lose weight.
  8612769
June 16, 2011 11:52 AM
I saw this too, it is interesting. I had read something where she said snacking is making you fat, but this explains it a little bit more, makes sense to me.
June 16, 2011 11:53 AM
saving to read when i have more time.
  7084232
June 16, 2011 11:53 AM
Well if you look at the six-week body makeover, it is designed to keep your blood-sugar levels at a constant all day and you eat six times a day. But that particular diet is hardcore, and it would take some serious self-discipline to make that a long-term lifestyle change.
Edited by UsedToBeHusky On June 16, 2011 11:54 AM
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June 16, 2011 11:54 AM
Interesting. I've heard pros and cons about this before. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that it comes down to the individual and what their lifestyle is and body type and previous food intake is and so forth. Some people do best with multiple little meals a day, some do best with the traditional 3, some have best results with a big breakfast others doesn't seem to make a difference. There is no one "best fit" plan for everyone. It comes down to how your body reacts and what you can find works for you mentally as well.
June 16, 2011 11:54 AM
I eat 6 small meals a day and I have lost 94 pounds to date. It works for me to do it that way.
  6815620
June 16, 2011 11:56 AM
I am going to have to disagree with the broader topic. I think there are a number of things I disagree with in the message. But I am bumping this to read the article later. There are a couple of statements that I have a contradicting opinion on. I would offer dissent, but I do not want to interrupt the consensus of opinion, nor start an argument.

I can see this is going to become a controversial thread quite fast...
Edited by The_Saint On June 16, 2011 12:03 PM
June 16, 2011 11:57 AM
People always say not to do this, but I've never been clinically overweight in my entire life really so I figure it works pretty well. Especially when I stuck to this best I was my skinniest.
I pretty much skip breakfast, have a very small lunch (200-300 cal range) then have all my calories at dinner.
I find if you consume food it makes you hungry for more food and you eat more. For me anyway.
Whereas, if I don't hardly eat anything, I'll get hungry eventually, but not nearly as much or as often.
June 16, 2011 11:57 AM
Well, I can say that I lost 50lbs by eating around 200 calories every 2-3 hours, and drinking at least 64 oz of water (focusing on protein or fiber laden foods). I think it all depends on how active you are, and how you define a "meal". My "meals" were more like side dishes. My calorie input was stable every day at around 1200 calories (more if I was active).
It worked for me. Eating 6 meals a day left me never really feeling hungry. Now, I "could" go longer w/o feeling starving or lightheaded or anything, but I found it gave me stable, constant energy throughout the day. (I kept about 20 lbs off, but I didn't keep the rest off due to emo eating that got the better of me - and bad company for a few years.)

That said, I'm currently working the "big breakfast" thing. A typical breakfast includes 2 scrambled eggs, a piece of Double Fiber bread, and honey or all natural preserves of some kind, and a piece of fruit. That's around 6:30am. I snack at 10am, lunch around noonish, Snack around 3ish, and dinner around 6-7pm, with the occasional light snack around 8 or 9pm if I'm staying up past 10:30pm. Work outs are usually in the middle of the day or the evening.

Seems to work for me! Steady 1 a week when I stick to my calories!

I think we focus a bit too much on the "when" and not enough on the "what". But I still avoid huge dinners because I'll just end up sleeping on them.
Edited by JDRBT On June 16, 2011 11:58 AM
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June 16, 2011 11:57 AM
I can see that eating regularly keeps our metabolism going, but surely the best lesson is simply to eat less than your total daily energy expenditure? Unless you are risking starvation mode by not eating enough, and hence causing your body to store the fat that it will in starvation mode anyway, then whether you burn sugar or fat is immaterial, you will burn it all eventually.

Personally I stick to the usual three meals a day with the odd snack in between as most of humanity has done for millennia. Sure, I am obese at present, that's why I am here, but I know that is because I always used t eat more than I needed sitting at a desk all day. Now I am consiously eating less than my TDEE, I am loosing weight and have been for six weeks.

Eating sugar rich foods does lead me to being hungry sooner, but it isn't stopping me loosing weight.

Just my thoughts...
  5682678
June 16, 2011 11:57 AM
I can see that eating regularly keeps our metabolism going, but surely the best lesson is simply to eat less than your total daily energy expenditure? Unless you are risking starvation mode by not eating enough, and hence causing your body to store the fat that it will in starvation mode anyway, then whether you burn sugar or fat is immaterial, you will burn it all eventually.

Personally I stick to the usual three meals a day with the odd snack in between as most of humanity has done for millennia. Sure, I am obese at present, that's why I am here, but I know that is because I always used t eat more than I needed sitting at a desk all day. Now I am consiously eating less than my TDEE, I am loosing weight and have been for six weeks.

Eating sugar rich foods does lead me to being hungry sooner, but it isn't stopping me loosing weight.

Just my thoughts...
  5682678
June 16, 2011 11:58 AM
To each their own. Eating every few hours works for me and other very healthy thin people in my family. It works for us. Pre-planning out my meals and sticking to the food I take to work really helps.
  3995337
June 16, 2011 11:58 AM
interesting... i find it hard to eat big calorie meals so i eat mini meals.. breakfast snack lunch snack dinner snack.... its working so far and i actually feel hungry after about 3 hrs of not eating if i dont have a carb heavy breakfast or lunch..
June 16, 2011 11:58 AM
Apologies for the double post - damn iPad!!
  5682678
June 16, 2011 11:59 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Myth #1: You Should Eat Every 2-3 Hours To Lose Weight

«This is a biggie. According to JJ, If you are doing this, you are a sugar burner, not a fat burner !
This does not lead to stable blood sugar. When you eat a diet with "loads" of non-starchy vegetables (like high nutrient greens!), low amounts of slow carbs (like lentils), ideal amounts of healthy fats, a little "clean and lean" protein- you create an environment for stable blood sugar.

When you eat, your blood sugar and insulin rises- it has to. When insulin is up the "message" to your body is that you don't have to burn stored fat because food is coming in. So when you eat every couple of hours you are shutting off fat burning and teaching your body to fuel on sugar. You want to teach your body to access stored fat for food.

What are healthy fats? Olive oil, avocado, coconut milk are great examples.

You should go 4-6 hours (or be able to) between eating. If you need to eat before this, you are out of balance. This can be "healed" in a couple of weeks. Research shows that when you eat a 400-600 calories breakfast- you burn more calories and keep it off.»

It is very interesting and ... well... logical !!
It is quite a big one myth to bust!!! I forced myself into eating more often because I never was a nibbler before.

But eating more often does help to eat less at once and maybe over all at the end..
What do you think??

Here is the link :
http://www.peertrainer.com/myth_busters_jjvirgin.aspx


heart I think I love you! Do you know how many years of hard training at a gym and a "fkd up" 2 hour eating regimine I went through to achieve -0- results!!!!! I'd like to strangle all the fitness trainers who claimed this 2-hour small meal eating plan would stabalize my blood sugar level and make me lose weight.


blushing Haha!!!
I know how crazy is that!! I was always told the same thing...«Skninny people eat all the time, eat more often, bla, bla...»
Of course you do what comes naturally but some of us just have to re-educate our ways about food.
If you saw no results then it's not the way to go for sure !
  3254343
June 16, 2011 12:01 PM
It can't be a myth if it works for some people and I am one of them. Just like most things when it comes to weight loss there will be avenues taken by some that work and other avenues taken by others that work. It just depends on the individual and the results they get from the path they have chosen.

Eating every 2.5 to 3 hours keeps me full. I can not eat 400 to 600 calories per sitting unless it has bread or other stuff like mayo and such to add calories. The meals I cook at home are large enough for me and the calories are no more than 300 on most days.

And since my BF% is going in the right direction I don't know about that sugar burner stuff.
June 16, 2011 12:04 PM
Agreed. Eating every 2-3 hours is to prevent sugar crashes. Helps prevent binging when carbs is a big source of calories. Not going to hurt too much doing it at a calorie deficit.
Edited by pyro13g On June 16, 2011 12:08 PM
June 16, 2011 12:04 PM
QUOTE:

I can see that eating regularly keeps our metabolism going, but surely the best lesson is simply to eat less than your total daily energy expenditure? Unless you are risking starvation mode by not eating enough, and hence causing your body to store the fat that it will in starvation mode anyway, then whether you burn sugar or fat is immaterial, you will burn it all eventually.

Personally I stick to the usual three meals a day with the odd snack in between as most of humanity has done for millennia. Sure, I am obese at present, that's why I am here, but I know that is because I always used t eat more than I needed sitting at a desk all day. Now I am consiously eating less than my TDEE, I am loosing weight and have been for six weeks.

Eating sugar rich foods does lead me to being hungry sooner, but it isn't stopping me loosing weight.

Just my thoughts...


You kind of brought up a good point. If you are burning sugar while it is sugar, then it can't be converted to fat and stored. So if you are below calorie, and you are eating small meals, you will burn the sugar you consume and the body will turn to your current fat stores for the deficit. I think that might be a little closer to the point of the article. You don't eat every 2-3 hours to burn fat, but rather you eat that often to prevent the sugars you consume from converting to fat.
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