Should I Eat Even If I'm Not Hungry?
Experts recommend that a person eat 5-6 smaller meals per day as opposed to 3 big meals per day and that each meal should be roughly 3 hours apart. And the reasons make a lot of sense. Keeping your metabolism from slowing down, helping to control hunger, keeping your energy levels constant, giving your body a steady supply of protein, etc. But one problem I've been running into lately is that by the time it's time for me to eat, I'm not hungry. So I'm faced with a dilemna. Do I force myself to eat even though I'm not hungry or do I wait til I am hungry and risk putting my body into starvation mode? I've also been wondering why it is that I'm not even slightly hungry 3 hours after my previous meal. At first, I thought the meal might've been too big. But I don't see how.
Here are two examples of what a meal might be for me:
Meal 1: 1/2 cup oatmeal, 2 scrambled eggs, handful of blueberries
Meal 2: 2 slices of whole wheat bread, 4 ounces chicken breast, lettuce, tomato slice.
These hardly sound like the kind of meals that could keep a person feeling full for more than 3 hours. It's not like I ate a whole chicken or tub of oatmeal. And yet, there have been days where I was not hungry and I forced myself to eat my next meal because I was afraid of putting my body into starvation mode.
So what do you think? Should I go ahead and keep forcing myself to eat even though I'm not hungry or should I just wait til I am hungry even if it means going 5 or 6 hours without food?
Last edited by DonutsNCoffee; 08-10-2005 at 08:26 AM.