Tuesday, February 22, 2011

6 small meals or only 3? WWYD?

My surgeon recommends I eat only 3 meals a day with no snacks in between.  I am beginning to have some issues with not eating anything for 4-6 hours and then eating too much at meals.  I think I am missing chewing or just tasting food.  I can't say that I am hungry very often, but I want to eat!  I had surgery 9 months ago and losing weight seems to be getting harder.


I am thinking about eating 1/2 c of food 5-6 times a day.  Right now I eat 1c 3X a day.  I think my metabolism is not working like it should.  I have about 25 pounds left to lose and my body doesn't want to let it go!  I am hoping that by eating little meals throughout the day, I won't snack or get bored and look for crap to eat.  I am still exercising 4-5 times a week. I am now incorporating strength training.  Maybe that will kick my metabolism into gear.


I would love any suggestions, please!


Miss Vickie

19 comments:

  1. I always think this one actually comes down to personal preference (or rather, body preference) rather than science. For me, 6 small meals a day leads to high calorie consumption - which also includes higher fat intake and increased carbs. I can plan the 6 small meals out and try to avoid that, but it almost always blows up in my face. Other people swear that doing the 6 small meals helps to avoid "crashing" related to blood sugar drops. What works for one may not work for another. Eating breakfast, for me, makes me sick all day long. For others, not eating breakfast leads them to feel "off" all day long. Like I said, personal preference.

    6 small meals may very well help your metabolism get up and stay up. That's part of what science tries to say with this mode.

    I would focus on protein as much as possible. As much as possible, leave the carbs out altogether. Find a meal or two to get your daily allotment of carbs in - and then for the rest, let it be protein. In my "unweightloss" program, just getting my protein increased (from 60g a day up to 90g) really made a difference for me.

    Hope these thoughts help...great post!

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  2. obviously, i haven't been banded but i'm a fan of 3 meals with small snacks such as a bag of mini popcorn or greek yogurt. i mix the fat free total fage with splenda and cinnamon and it satisfies a sweet craving. like i said, i don't have a band, but i find 3 meals a day very hard to do b/c of hunger issues. and i like to eat too. :)

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  3. I tend to disagree (respectfully) with your surgeon.

    Every person in my surgeon's office, as well as every trainer, nutritionist and health professional I've ever spoken to have told me 5-6 small 'meals' per day to keep your metabolism up as well as keep you from overeating!

    My doctor's office told me each small meal should have protein and veggie or protein and good carb (fruit, whole grains, etc.). I am not great about making sure its a 'combo' but I typically do 2 real "meals" per day with protein, veggie/fruit and starch/dairy as well as 3 snacks. For me, breakfast is usually a cheese stick and coffee or a piece of turkey bacon and coffee, same thing between breakfast and lunch and then a lunch where veggie/fruit play a role. Then a snack btwn lunch and dinner which is usually not good for me (admittedly) and dinner. If you can keep carbs at bay, I really believe you'd be better off doing 3 meals and one or two snacks.

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  4. What Sherry said! I have always needed my in-between snacks because of my workday schedule... I'd end up going 6 or 7 hours without food. No thanks! I say try it out and see if it works for you.

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  5. My surgeon has the same recommendation. I have found that I do better eating a little (100-150 calories) several times a day. I make sure that I keep my calories low, but also eat a little all day. It works for me in the weight loss department! I just tell my surgeon when I go in that I am eating properly. (Properly for me is not a lie!) I plan everything for the day out though and also have small meals in my office so that I don't visit the vending machine!

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  6. It sounds like it is worth a try! Let us know how it goes.

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  7. I'm not a Bandito, but my grandfather-in-law was gassed during WWI and 2/3 of his stomach removed as a result (in 1914!). His regimen was to eat several small meals a day because he got dumping syndrome if he ate three bigger ones. Two were a little larger, then three or four were small--just snacks, really.

    Have you asked your surgeon why he recommends this? Does he have a plausible, logical, explanation? Or a logical one against several smaller meals?

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  8. I am jumping on the "Sherry bandwagon" for this one. I find that 3 meals and 2 snacks is what works best for me. Experiment and see what works for you.

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  9. My surgeon also recommends 3 meals a day and I've never done it - I just can't. I used to eat 3 bigger (relatively speaking) meals and 2 smaller snacks - like a cheese stick or something - always with protein. But now I just pack a bunch of stuff and eat whatever I think my body or head wants from the list - even if it's 2 "big" things in a row and a cheese stick kind of thing for dinner.

    Since you asked... I definitely think you should give it a try. You might find it works great for you - or you might find you and your body prefer just the 3 meals.

    And... when my Dr. asks I tell him I eat 5 times a day and that the snacks are really small like cheese sticks - and he is mildly appeased with the cheese stick part of it, but thinks I'm eating entirely too often.

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  10. I think working with weights is a great idea. I'm also a believer of doing exercises that you don't normally do. ie, take a boot camp class or run instead of the eliptical. As I'm sure you've read from other bloggers, the closer to goal you get, the harder it is to lose the weight. Hang in there. It will happen.

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  11. I have always followed my surgeons three a day suggestion and it works for me---most days. I'd say as long as you know total calories in for the day you are golden. Because at the end of the day that is what matters. I say do what works for you! :)

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  12. I think it is a personal choice, but just speaking from my small part of the world.. i can't eat 1 cup of food.. so the smaller more frequent meals would have to be my path.. but you should see what works for you. and that you get the required protein.. in.. good luck sweetie!!

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  13. I agree with others that it's a personal preference. I think, in the end, it still comes in to calories in/calories out so it doesn't really matter if you're taking them in 3 times a day or 5 times a day. If you feel stuck at your current weight, trying something different usually gets the scale moving again. Good luck!

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  15. Personally, I don't like eating between my main meals so 6 times a day sounds like so much. But what works for one, may not work for the other. Do what you feel will benefit yourself. Just a reminder, how is your protein intake? Incorporate some shakes in there to up your protein if your not getting enough, that helps with boosting the loss too! :)

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  16. I say do what works for you! If I don't eat snacks, I will get sick at my evening meal, because I'm so hungry and I get stuck, so I have to have a snack at 3:30 or 4 everyday.

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  17. I usually eat 3 meals and 1 snack during the day. I hate feeling hungry or having hunger pangs which I get very easily if I don't eat enough or often enough. I could easily do just 3 meals a day but it's my night time snacking that gets out of hand when I attempt that.

    Try both ways and stick with what works best.

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  18. I'm a meal spreader outer...I find that if I only have 3 meals a day, I tend to overeat, eat too quickly or make not so good choices. I find that I never feel hungry when I have more frequent smaller meals (every 3 or so hours) and I eat much less, because I am not "OMG, I could eat a horse" hungry....it helps to keep me on an even keel all day.

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