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Old 09-10-2013, 10:00 AM   #1631
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I think many people today are overweight because they eat because it's lunchtime or dinnertime, etc. They eat to keep hunger and cravings at bay. It's my opinion that you should eat when you are hungry. Hunger is your bodies way of telling you it needs fuel. If you don't get hungry until mid morning, don't eat until mid morning. If you eat before your body signals hunger, you are adding calories when your body is still burning the last calories you ate. So the extra calories get stored as fat. Our bodies are biologically programed for eating when hunger strikes. The abundance of food and social situations have us retrained to eat according to a different schedule. Also, if you get hungry and then feed your body empty calories, you will continue to want to eat because your body didn't receive the nutrients it was needs.

This is just my opinion and isn't necessarily for everyone. I don't doubt that there are other eating plans that are successful in dieting. You can lose weight on any diet as long as you stick to it. Each person has to follow what works for them.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #1632
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So what do you snack on?

If you're eating your first meal at noon and your second meal at 5 pm, it's not surprising that you're hungry again 6 hours later For your schedule, that's dinnertime.

This reminds me of our experience visiting our German exchange student and his family. They had their main meal in the middle of the day, an afternoon snack of coffee and pastry, and a smaller meal of cold cuts and bread in the evening. You could have something relatively light, like soup and/or sandwiches around midnight.

This is the way my grandparents ate. I always thought it was because my grandfather worked the afternoon shift in the mill and my grandmother always gave him a big meal at noon before he went to work. Maybe that wasn't the case, because my grandmother was German and may have developed that eating pattern from her heritage. When I was single I kept my weight low by eating breakfast and lunch and then having a small salad or cup of veggies at dinnertime. My reasoning for that was I was active in the morning and afternoon at work and needed that fuel. In the evenings, I would be sitting on the couch watching TV and wasn't burning as many calories. Also, I slept so much better going to bed on an empty stomach because my body was resting and repairing, not digesting a big meal. This kept me thin. After marrying my husband, dinner was a necessity for him. He eats very little during the day and is famished at dinner time. I tended to change my eating habits to mesh with his and I gained a lot of weight. I was eating because he was eating, not because I was hungry and my body wanted fuel. He was used to eating that way and never gained an ounce. Not fair!
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #1633
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I think many people today are overweight because they eat because it's lunchtime or dinnertime, etc. They eat to keep hunger and cravings at bay. It's my opinion that you should eat when you are hungry.
You're contradicting yourself a bit here If they're eating at lunchtime or dinnertime to keep hunger at bay, then they're hungry and should eat. There are many reasons why people are overweight.

I think it's normal for people to get hungry every 6-8 hours. CWS said her schedule used to have her eating the last meal of the day at 1 p.m. and the first meal at 4 a.m. That's 15 hours! No wonder she woke up ravenous. It's the same with Robin: If his first meal is at noon and second meal at 5 p.m., of course he's going to get hungry 6-7 hours later. That means he has to have a regular meal at that time, not a snack.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:14 AM   #1634
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So what do you snack on?

If you're eating your first meal at noon and your second meal at 5 pm, it's not surprising that you're hungry again 6 hours later For your schedule, that's dinnertime.

This reminds me of our experience visiting our German exchange student and his family. They had their main meal in the middle of the day, an afternoon snack of coffee and pastry, and a smaller meal of cold cuts and bread in the evening. You could have something relatively light, like soup and/or sandwiches around midnight.
Just depends on what I have. Usually if there is (I suppose you'd call it lunch but I say dinner) left I will eat that. Like yesterday we ate potatoes, chicken liver, and corn muffins. There was a little chicken liver (about a half cup) and a couple corn muffins left. Me and my two yr old shared it.

Other times it might be a PB&honey sandwich. Usually something small.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:46 AM   #1635
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You're contradicting yourself a bit here If they're eating at lunchtime or dinnertime to keep hunger at bay, then they're hungry and should eat. There are many reasons why people are overweight.

I think it's normal for people to get hungry every 6-8 hours. CWS said her schedule used to have her eating the last meal of the day at 1 p.m. and the first meal at 4 a.m. That's 15 hours! No wonder she woke up ravenous. It's the same with Robin: If his first meal is at noon and second meal at 5 p.m., of course he's going to get hungry 6-7 hours later. That means he has to have a regular meal at that time, not a snack.

Maybe I worded that wrong. If they are eating at lunchtime or dinnertime to keep hunger at bay, I mean they are eating before they get hungry to keep themselves from getting that hungry feeling. I don't think they should be eating those meals until they actually feel hungry. Obviously I don't always follow this, or I would not have a weight problem. I just think that this is how our bodies are meant to work. It is normal to go a long time between dinner and breakfast the next day because your body should not be digesting food while you sleep. It is called breakfast for a reason. "Break Fast" break the fast you were on overnight.

I can easily relate to Robin's food schedule. If I eat dinner at 5 PM, 6 or 7 hours later I am in bed, fast asleep. I want that 5 PM meal to be pretty much digested by the time I go to bed.

I realize there are many reasons for being overweight and there are just as many ways of dealing with losing it. Each person should do what works for them to keep their weight under control and stay healthy.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #1636
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...your body should not be digesting food while you sleep.
Do you have a source for that? I'm not trying to be difficult; I have serious digestive issues and I am very interested in learning as much as I can about the digestive system, metabolism and nutrition.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:38 PM   #1637
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... Our bodies are biologically programed for eating when hunger strikes. The abundance of food and social situations have us retrained to eat according to a different schedule. Also, if you get hungry and then feed your body empty calories, you will continue to want to eat because your body didn't receive the nutrients it was needs.

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I've been saying that for years.

I think we have to re-learn to listen to our bodies. Our bodies will usually tell us not only when it's a good time to eat, they will tell us what we need to eat.

Ever get a craving for OJ? You probably need vitamin C. Ever eat a pork chop and the visible fat was really yummy at the beginning of the meal and then at some point it tasted gross? That's your body telling you that you need fat and then telling you that you have eaten enough fat.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:39 PM   #1638
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So what do you snack on?

If you're eating your first meal at noon and your second meal at 5 pm, it's not surprising that you're hungry again 6 hours later For your schedule, that's dinnertime.

This reminds me of our experience visiting our German exchange student and his family. They had their main meal in the middle of the day, an afternoon snack of coffee and pastry, and a smaller meal of cold cuts and bread in the evening. You could have something relatively light, like soup and/or sandwiches around midnight.
I was an exchange student in Germany. I ate like that. We had breakfast and then our big meal at noon, coffee around 4:00 p.m. and our evening meal was light--veggies, bread with spreads. I lost 18 lb when I lived in Germany. I was, however, running 10 km a day.
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Do you have a source for that? I'm not trying to be difficult; I have serious digestive issues and I am very interested in learning as much as I can about the digestive system, metabolism and nutrition.
I have no sources, but I think it's good to sleep/nap after a heavy meal. I think your body needs more of its resources to digest it and if you are up and walking around, you will be diverting those resources to your muscles and brain. Ever seen a pride of lions gorge themselves after a kill? They nap after that.
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