March 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm #15685
In the newsletter Billy Craig mentions consistent eating and how that helps metabolism. I don’t think I heard about that before or if I did, didn’t really pay attention. Anyway, wondering if anyone has conscienctiously eaten this way and noticed a benefit. I roughly eat about the same amounts at roughly the same time of the day, but I am going to try harder to make it more of a finely tuned routine and see if that helps stave off the weight gain without sacrificing metabolism.March 5, 2014 at 2:28 am #15696Aimee88Participant
Yes, Matt talks about consistent eating, too. I take it as part of the idea of getting the body to believe in abundance. To trust that there will be no famine, no starving, and shift into that place where the body just takes what we give it, takes what it needs, and sends the rest on through. I’m looking forward to that! (eating lots, not worrying, not gaining weight, feeling good)March 5, 2014 at 2:38 am #15697Aimee88Participant
Ok, I decided to find where he said this…..
Diet Recovery 2, the first basic principle is: “Eat complete ‘square’ meals at regular mealtimes consistently, and include snacks if you get hungry or cold in the hands and feet in between meals.”
he also says: “Whether it’s six meals a day or even one, regularity with your eating habits is a health asset. The body loves regularity and thrives off of it. While I wouldn’t set an alarm to your mealtimes, it’s a good habit to give food the attention it deserves.”
“Find a meal schedule that works for your body and your lifestyle and stick with it, taking ‘meal time’ very seriously?not just skipping it because you’re busy.”March 5, 2014 at 11:17 am #15701
Thanks Aimee88 – it certainly makes sense, it would be hard to know the impact of consistent eating I suppose, but I am going to rely less on snacking and eat more at my meals so I think I’ll be eating the same calories or even a bit more each day but hoping to stop gaining weight or even lose. For some, it may be beneficial to not be a grazer but eat more at the same time. Chief Rok posted how he would eat all or most of his calories in one meal and I read a diet book about 20 years ago that advocated eating like that also – you would eat 2 very small meals and then for 1 meal you could eat whatever and how much you wanted – it just had to be within 1 hour. Supposedly you wouldn’t gain fat weight.March 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm #15707TinaTParticipant
I’m trying this approach, too… I was of the opinion that keeping your body guessing would keep it on it’s toes (I was doing it in an intermittent fasting style method)… but that wasn’t working for me. I was often cold, not losing weight, and slightly depressed, even. So far, the scheduled meals are doing much better for me. Keeping my energy up and staying warm all day.March 5, 2014 at 8:28 pm #15713
that’s good to hear!March 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm #15761The Real AmyModerator
I think people can be a bit different (some do better with 3 meals, some with eating more frequently) but eating on a schedule is well known by most experts to be very important. For example, in eating disorder recovery it’s given as a must-do. I was instructed to eat 3 meals a day and 1-2 snacks (2 at the beginning) every single day no matter what, and guess what, it really worked. I don’t think it’s necessary to have an alarm to eat at 12pm every day vs. 12/12:30, but yeah it is a good idea to have a regular schedule to stick to, like breakfast before going to work, lunch around the same hour every day, and dinner at roughly the same time, too. Making the same meal your biggest meal every day, that sort of thing.
Routines in general are well known to be important to good health: going to bed and getting up at the same time, exercising around the same time of day, etc. The body can take a bit of variation, but it’s less stressful when it knows what’s coming when.
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