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February 6, 2013 7:44 AM
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I don't know why everyone jumped down this girl's throat. Eating a large breakfast and snacks every few hours doesn't sound absurd or anything, and I've heard similar ideas touted before - not so much for weight loss, but for people with blood sugar issues and athletes. I eat this way. Partly because I train really hard, and I do a lot of cardio, and my blood sugar does drop off quickly, so eating frequently does help. Also eating a larger meal once a day with enough time for it to fully digest before your main workout helps resupply your glycogen (or so the running magazines would have be believe). Again, this is beneficial for people whose training is sufficient to fully deplete their glycogen (i.e. over an hour of intense cardio training).


Those are very specific circumstances and/or personal preferences. There were incorrect facts in the OP also.
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February 6, 2013 7:48 AM
1. OP used to an athlete who ran the hurdles. While a lot of posters have stated, most athletes need to consume a whole lotta calories to perfrom at optimal levels- including swimmers, MMA fighters, etc. The one possible exception to this rule is runners where carrying less weight can be an actual advantage. Look at marathoners or cross-country runners. Many serious runners I know find weighing less a huge advantage, and it would make sense that eating less to get to that point may make sense for that sport.

That said- I think OP is consuming too few calories to be healthy and her intake may actaully be counter-prodcutive. Yes, I undrestand many athletes eat that way and sitll perform OK, but I think they may be able to perfrom better by consuming slightly more instead of just trying to eat as little as possible.

2. I second what everyone else has said about OP's "tips." These are tips that worked for her in the past and people she knows, not scientific fact. OP, the tips you listeed may make it easier for you to lose weight, control hunger, and eat less, but scientifically they do not improve your metabolism and will not be effective for everyone.
February 6, 2013 9:06 AM
I''ll never understand why some new posters come on first thing and put up lists of myth and broscience like this and think it's helpful and get all defensive when it's criticized. Do people like the OP really think we are all just looking for then to arrive and enlighten us all? Never have seen one of these g o well.
Edited by mmapags On February 6, 2013 9:07 AM
February 6, 2013 9:48 AM
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I do exactly none of that. OK, I drink a lot of water, tea, and coffee. Definitely not small meals, I don't eat breakfast, I don't chew slowly, etc. With eating enough calories, getting good nutrition, and exercise I was able to increase my bmr by several hundred calories over the course of a couple months though. Thanks though. I'll keep on keepin on.


this, this is me too!
February 6, 2013 9:54 AM
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Damn why is everybody so snappy?

The OP is just posting some TIPS that might be of use to some and not so much for others! Thank you! :)


Agreed. And I actually do the tips she's posted. The smaller "meals" are really snacks and keep your blood sugar (and all the hormones that go with that) in check. I agree with the original poster.
February 6, 2013 9:55 AM
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150-300 calories is a 'big' breakfast? In that case, my breakfasts are colossal. laugh 150 calories is 1/2 cup dry oats cooked in water...LOL how in holy HELL is that 'big'?


Depends on what you eat. I personally don't like oatmeal (the texture's an issue for me. I don't really know why). But a hard boiled egg, a 1/2 cup of fried rice with veges and a mug of sweetened green tea or chai usually fills me up pretty quickly.


I do 3/4 C of oatmeal and a small banana....fills me up, keeps me satisfied and tastes yummy!
February 6, 2013 9:57 AM
laugh When have you ever seen an athlete eat slowly? Bahahaha!
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February 6, 2013 10:00 AM
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Damn why is everybody so snappy?

The OP is just posting some TIPS that might be of use to some and not so much for others! Thank you! :)


Agreed. And I actually do the tips she's posted. The smaller "meals" are really snacks and keep your blood sugar (and all the hormones that go with that) in check. I agree with the original poster.


Which makes the advice right for you, and for the OP, and for several other people. And no one will argue that.

But not for everyone. Which is why people get their panties in a bunch when it's presented as universal truth.
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February 6, 2013 11:27 AM
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I''ll never understand why some new posters come on first thing and put up lists of myth and broscience like this and think it's helpful and get all defensive when it's criticized. Do people like the OP really think we are all just looking for then to arrive and enlighten us all? Never have seen one of these g o well.


Hahahahahahahaha! Love it! Those fake 'enlighten' moments are also what keeps the diet industry going.
February 6, 2013 11:35 AM
She is 21...........and has a lot to learn. Give her a break guys!
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February 6, 2013 11:40 AM
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OP, I know you mean well, but this is just not true (well, the coffee part is fine)

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/820577-meal-frequency-rev-up-that-furnace-lol


I was actually going to post this link, too. Lots of good information here.

Truth is, almost everyone you ask will tell you that they believe eating many small meals a day and always eating breakfast are two surefire ways to "kickstart" their metabolism. I personally felt liberated when I found out that neither of these theories hold up scientifically. What truly matters is 'calories in versus calories out', unless the previous two theories help you adhere to your plan - in which case, by all means, anything to make it easier for you to succeed.

Keep it as simple as possible.

I don't blame people for repeating the above two theories as fact because it is literally repeated EVERYWHERE in every women's health article, talk show, and by every 'personal trainer' at every gym I've ever come across. There was a lot of "magic debunking" I had to wade through when I first started on MFP, too, but I was glad to dispel the magic and learn how simple it could be.

*Edited to add, I was also extremely appreciative of anyone who, no matter how many times (I later realized) they had to repeat it, was willing to offer information in an honest and patient way. It's the only reason I'm not still chasing my tail worrying about meal timing/carbs/fat and/or trying out new & fabulous diet pills. People took the time to say why these things don't work and I learned.
Edited by auroranflash On February 6, 2013 11:44 AM

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