Saturday, April 17, 2010

Showdown: 3 Meals Vs. 6 Meals

Eating six meals a day can become monotonous. We fall into a trap of Tupperware, 12 almonds and an apple. Wash rinse repeat. That is conventional wisdom for some. We see it in magazines. "Eat small meals every 2-3 hours to boost metabolism". We do. It's a painstaking process if you're an American working class citizen. Can we really break away from life to eat every three hours. Maybe I'm being dramatic, but it sure is boring and feels too calculated, but its what the research tells us, isn't it?

Not really.

Other professionals agree. There just isn't hard and fast data that has been done to declare this as true. Losing weight ultimately comes down to how many calories you take in and how many you expend, and you can increase your metabolism significantly more just by exercising.

Now, eating six meals a day wont ruin your diet and their are a couple benefits. You stay full throughout the day instead of getting the afternoon hunger pangs. Another benefit is if your a little guy trying to bulk up you may find it easier to take in the 3500-4000 calories a day he needs to get big, same with the competitive athlete. 4000 calories is a lot to squeeze into just three meals.

One thing that may help is to remember to only eat when your hungry. Its obvious, but some people miss it. We tend to fall in this cycle where every meal is scheduled and we eat just because its habit. Ask yourself, "Am I really hungry?" If your not sure, wait 20 minutes and ask again. If your not hungry, don't eat. Simple enough.

Keeping healthy snacks around your office, in your car or at your house can help for those times you are hungry in between meals. Healthy snacks include a piece of fruit or veggies, lean meat or other quality protein source and a healthy fat source such as almonds, avocados, cashew or walnuts. Avoid peanuts, as they are legumes. Keeping these within reach will reduce the likelihood of reaching for a crappy processed snack you'll regret later.

The Winner: 3 Meals a day (with snacks on hand, just in case)

This is a personal choice, but I find it much more convenient to eat just three slightly larger meals a day then six small ones at precise times. Less dishes too, so thats a huge part of this decision. I hate dishes.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of this triplet
toes to bar
So..First set is 10 Burpees 10 Pullups 10 toes to bar, Second set is 9 of each then 8 of each. So on and so forth.
Sub for pull-ups is jumping pullups and sub for toes to bar are situps.

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