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Old 04-25-2004, 11:15 AM   #1
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question about 5 - 6 meals a day

I started eating 5 meals a day for the past 3 weeks but my concern is i dont think im spreading my meals out properly

I have breakfast at 7:30, second meal at 10:30, lunch at 12:00 or 12:30, meal 45 min before workout at 2:45, (protein bar after workout) and dinner at 6:00 or 6:30

I read that they must be spread apart atleast 2.5 hours to 3 hours but i only give about 1.5 to 2 hours between my mid day meal because i have college class in the morning and only have a break at 10:30 and then i have class on monday at 12:30 to 3:20.

Is the way im eating not a good way?

Any suggestion would be appreciated.

 
Old 04-25-2004, 12:00 PM   #2
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

I don't see a problem with it. The only potential issue I'd have is you're not eating anything after 6 or so at night.

BTW, what kind of protein bar are you having post-workout?

 
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Old 04-25-2004, 01:11 PM   #3
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

like the above poster said, you're not eating anything after 6pm or so and thats not a good idea. Basically your body is in starvation mode for all those hours while your metabolism is slowing down because you're not eating anything from 6pm all the way till 7:30am the next day.

 
Old 04-25-2004, 10:50 PM   #4
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

There's nothing wrong w/spacing your meals 1.5-2 hrs apart. I do that, too. *MY* dilemma is that whole theory about not eating 3 hrs before a workout..and with HIIT, not eating 1-hr after a workout. Since my workouts are 1.5 hours long, basically *I* end up fasting from 4:00 pm -9:30 pm. I've been trying to only give myself 2 hours of "fast" before the workout, but even so, that's like 4.5 hours of fasting.

Anyone got any good ideas on this?

 
Old 04-26-2004, 04:23 AM   #5
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

I've never heard of any theory that suggests not eating 3 hours before a workout. It's counterproductive. You should be eating within an hour prior to a workout, preferably closer than that. HIIT is a different story. If you're really doing HIIT, eating within an hour before it should give you horrible cramps.

 
Old 04-26-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

The protein bar i eat post workout is called Protein. It basically has 31 grams of protein and 8 grams of fat 19 grams of carbs 14 grams of sugar.

The reason i have my last meal at 6 is because i thought it was bad to eat within 3 hours of going to bed and i goto sleep exactly at 10. I read in alot of places that if you eat within three hours of going to bed the stuff you eat gets stored as fat. So when should my last meal be?

 
Old 04-26-2004, 03:23 PM   #7
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

Too much fat, not enough carbs in that bar.

You only really want to avoid carbs later at night (the one time of day I agree with low carbers). Not eating after dinner is very catabolic. The other issue is that you're trying to eat every couple hours to boost your metabolism, then all of a sudden you're stopping for half a day. It may help you lose weight, but a lot of that weight will be muscle. It's best to have some casein prior to going to bed, which you can get from powder, cottage cheese, or milk (in this instance, preferably low carb milk). Having it with good fats (i.e. PB or flax oil) will help slow the digestion even more. Within an hour of bed is best. The longer between this meal and the time you wake up, the more time your muscles will have to deal with starving. Of course, you should make sure this fits within your daily calorie requirements.

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Old 04-26-2004, 05:58 PM   #8
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

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Too much fat, not enough carbs in that bar.

You only really want to avoid carbs later at night (the one time of day I agree with low carbers). Not eating after dinner is very catabolic. The other issue is that you're trying to eat every couple hours to boost your metabolism, then all of a sudden you're stopping for half a day. It may help you lose weight, but a lot of that weight will be muscle. It's best to have some casein prior to going to bed, which you can get from powder, cottage cheese, or milk (in this instance, preferably low carb milk). Having it with good fats (i.e. PB or flax oil) will help slow the digestion even more. Within an hour of bed is best. The longer between this meal and the time you wake up, the more time your muscles will have to deal with starving. Of course, you should make sure this fits within your daily calorie requirements.

How much fat should i be getting and how much carbs should i be getting?

I dont want to lose any more weight im already 133 pounds with 9% bodyfat. ok so should i be eating stuff with protein, but no fat and carbs at night before going to bed to keep my metabolism high? or are eating fruits before going to bed also ok? Is drinking a protein shake before going to bed ok? I drink slim fast in the morning, and so maybe i could drink it at night too? Does PB stand for peanut butter?

 
Old 04-26-2004, 07:54 PM   #9
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Re: question about 5 - 6 meals a day

Post-workout fat content should be negligible, none if possible. I go with the Berardi recommendation for carbs myself: .8g/kg of body weight.

If you're at 9% body fat, you don't need to worry much about fat storage. Assuming you're a guy, you can go lower, but I'd opt for bulking, even at the expense of some fat gains.

Slow absorbing protein is good at night. Fats are not a problem. Anything you eat can keep your metabolism high. The protein or protein/fat combo are about doing that but also preserving muscle mass. You don't want fructose before bed, so I'd avoid fruit. A protein shake is most likely whey, which absorbs too quickly to last through the night.

As far as meal replacements go, Slim Fast isn't very good. Prolab Lean Mass Matrix is much better (Naturally Lean Matrix for a lower cal option, though it's probably cheaper just to divide the LM in half). I'd avoid an MRP at night. Mid-day is better.

Yes, PB is peanutbutter.

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