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What's the best meal frequency to pack on calories?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM

What kind of meal frequency would you have?

3 meals spread out throughout the day, or a IF? I suppose IF'ing with 3 meals a day would prove difficult to gain weight due to eating big in such a short window as opposed to 3 big +1000 calories spread throughout the day.



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The last several weeks I've been experimenting 2 or 3 meals a day.

For a long time I did 2 big meals, lunch and dinner, lately I've been doing 3 squares a day, 6 or 7 hours apart: I'm stuffed like heck and very slowly gaining weight. I don't even workout at all, just half hour walks if that.

Even with diary it's difficult for the scale to go up, goat or sheep cheese that is almost butterlike if you know the type (soft).

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on October 13, 2011
at 03:54 PM

IF made me gain weight and become miserable. I know that IF fans don't want to hear it.

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on October 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

Whey and coconut would be great. Basically shake followed by breakfast 15 min later. Lunch dinner. Last meal of cottage cheese and then post workout, maybe pre. That is seven.

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on October 12, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Whey or regular weight gainers? Or better yet, whey and coconut milk? That will prove to be an explosion of calories. But eating 8-10 times a day... I never done that, my gut would probably explode and I would get 5 times during the night to piss due to all the massive sdhakes.

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Cliff - gaining weight. I would like it to be as little fat as possible but I guess I can't be picky. Gaining some weight back is more important. Even if I gain a good amount of fat, muscle will also come its way, and I'll have a time, later on to correct that if needed. I don't workout per se, but I do pullups and dips on those occasions I'm feeling great. It's hardly a workout but I thought I'd mention it.

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Yes, I was going to ask that as well Cliff. The Loon, how specifically has it worked for you? I would think IF is a bit harder to gain weight due to the bloating issues of needing high calories meals in such a short time feeding window. I've done IF and it was very good at losing weight and fat. Too efficiently that I lost too much weight and I want to gain some of it back to healthy parameters.

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:02 PM

so what are your goals?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Worked for you to do what?? have you gained weight?

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on October 12, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I'm recovering due to a mid-low thyroid, poor sleep and low energy levels. I can't and I'm not in the mood to workout, we have to listen to our bodies in either case.

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on October 12, 2011
at 02:35 PM

the frequency doesnt matter as long as the cals are there. 1,2, or 3 times daily aint going to make a difference so long as youre getting the actual cals in.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on October 12, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Eating 8-10 times a day is a good way to pack on weight.

Start with Whey powder and then cook and eat breakfast (counts as two meals).

End the day with a meal of 1 cup of cottage cheese.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

(395)

on October 12, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Whey or regular weight gainers? Or better yet, whey and coconut milk? That will prove to be an explosion of calories. But eating 8-10 times a day... I never done that, my gut would probably explode and I would get 5 times during the night to piss due to all the massive sdhakes.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on October 12, 2011
at 05:05 PM

Whey and coconut would be great. Basically shake followed by breakfast 15 min later. Lunch dinner. Last meal of cottage cheese and then post workout, maybe pre. That is seven.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on October 12, 2011
at 02:46 PM

Its gonna be a lot easier to eat more if you don't IF for obvious reasons.

Why aren't you working out? Whats your current weight/height? goals?

If your looking to just gain straight fat and you are already skinny you are gonna have to eat a ton of cals.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

(395)

on October 12, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I'm recovering due to a mid-low thyroid, poor sleep and low energy levels. I can't and I'm not in the mood to workout, we have to listen to our bodies in either case.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

(395)

on October 12, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Cliff - gaining weight. I would like it to be as little fat as possible but I guess I can't be picky. Gaining some weight back is more important. Even if I gain a good amount of fat, muscle will also come its way, and I'll have a time, later on to correct that if needed. I don't workout per se, but I do pullups and dips on those occasions I'm feeling great. It's hardly a workout but I thought I'd mention it.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 12, 2011
at 03:02 PM

so what are your goals?

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on October 12, 2011
at 05:53 PM

I agree with Ben and don't think meal frequency should be your focus if gaining weight is your only goal. If you aren't working out, then I would say slow and steady wins the race; otherwise, you will struggle and certainly gain only fat if you try to rush the process. Slowly increase the calories you consume in a day. Incorporate full fat dairy if you tolerate it (preferably grassfed) and starchy carbs. Eat meat, eggs and healthy fat. Try for a little more every few days. Also, the more activity you can muster, the better off you will be as you increase your food intake.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 12, 2011
at 02:58 PM

IF always has worked for me. Each person is different.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

(395)

on October 12, 2011
at 03:20 PM

Yes, I was going to ask that as well Cliff. The Loon, how specifically has it worked for you? I would think IF is a bit harder to gain weight due to the bloating issues of needing high calories meals in such a short time feeding window. I've done IF and it was very good at losing weight and fat. Too efficiently that I lost too much weight and I want to gain some of it back to healthy parameters.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on October 12, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Worked for you to do what?? have you gained weight?

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 13, 2011
at 03:54 PM

IF made me gain weight and become miserable. I know that IF fans don't want to hear it.

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