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Is force feeding your body bad?

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Created August 04, 2012 at 3:13 AM

I mean eating when you are not hungry(breakfast/lunch). It seems totally unnatural. I figure, if you're hungry, then eat. If you're not, then don't eat. Makes total sense. What are your thoughts?

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on August 04, 2012
at 11:40 PM

Interesting, I also ask myself that question often. I'm quite thin and do a lot of sports, and like today I wasn't hungry much, but I don't need to lose weight either! So I just force feed myself then to get to my 3000+kcal/day, or else I would be really underweight. On a SAD I didn't have that problem, then I had trouble to restrain myself from eating too much.. :)

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on August 04, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Forget about the clock. Listen to your internal clock. Humans have hunger and thirst mechanisms. Listen to your body and eat when your hungry. 5 or 6 small meals a day is not necessary and 3 square meals a day is not necessary. I have a small snack in the morning only if im a little hungry. Nuts and seeds or berries. Most days i skip breakfast and lunch and eat after 4PM. I do well on two BAM's(BIG ASS MEALS) a day.

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on August 04, 2012
at 10:43 AM

I guess I'm still "force feeding" at dinner, but it's because of the social aspect.

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Then DO IT!!!! If your body is sending you clear signals, and you're a mostly-healthy normal person, then listen to it! It's a great thing to get definite signals for your body, from your body!

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at 04:35 AM

You too? lol I eat once around 5pm and then around 9pm. I'm never really hungry throughout the morning hours. Never was much of a breakfast person. I'll snack on nuts or berries.

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When healthy, I'm the same. I usually feel the need to drink something when I first get up, eat a medium sized meal about 4-6 hours after I wake up, and a big meal about 4 hours before I go to sleep, sometimes with one large snack/small meal between if it's a really busy or active day. When I ate SAD with more carbs (although it was "heart healthy whole grains!" heh) I felt a lot hungrier when I first woke up.

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Food is in abundance in the developed world. No need to constantly be eating. 2 big meals in the evening is all i need. I dont eat breakfast or lunch.

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on August 04, 2012
at 12:25 PM

The only time to eat at certain times is if you're doing a leptin reset. After that your best bet is to eat only when you're hungry. I'd make exceptions for social situations. (Meals with family/friends etc) but if you know there will be a conflict with your scheduled meal and your internal food clock I would almost suggest going a step further and suggest fasting until the scheduled time.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I eat 2 main meals.

I don't remember the last time I really had breakfast. The thought of eating first thing after you wake up not only seems really un-Paleo to me, but it just doesn't jive wth my body.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:35 AM

You too? lol I eat once around 5pm and then around 9pm. I'm never really hungry throughout the morning hours. Never was much of a breakfast person. I'll snack on nuts or berries.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:31 AM

When healthy, I'm the same. I usually feel the need to drink something when I first get up, eat a medium sized meal about 4-6 hours after I wake up, and a big meal about 4 hours before I go to sleep, sometimes with one large snack/small meal between if it's a really busy or active day. When I ate SAD with more carbs (although it was "heart healthy whole grains!" heh) I felt a lot hungrier when I first woke up.

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:51 AM

I only eat when I am hungry. I stopped feeling that breakfast is a necessary meal when I became Paleo. There would be times when forcing yourself to eat would make sense to me: recovering from illness, facing a period of forced starvation, preparing for a winter in Antarctica. Well, anytime of year there. However, I live where food is plentiful and easily accessible, and the climate is temperate.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:21 AM

Food is in abundance in the developed world. No need to constantly be eating. 2 big meals in the evening is all i need. I dont eat breakfast or lunch.

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on August 04, 2012
at 10:41 AM

I'm a bit of a newbie (4 mos) and still learning about what works for me (ha - probably forever). I'm still trying to break out of the habit of eating when it's "time". Lately I've been just having coffee in the morning, working out, then eating a big meal around 10 or 11, then another mid afternoon and maybe something light in the evening. Evening is where I struggle. Sometimes I'm not that hungry but hubby will make a nice dinner and we'll sit together. I try to just eat less. Doesn't always work, but I'm getting there.

2c7026111493687e2d619c9e20e47915

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on August 04, 2012
at 10:43 AM

I guess I'm still "force feeding" at dinner, but it's because of the social aspect.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 04, 2012
at 08:38 PM

Forget about the clock. Listen to your internal clock. Humans have hunger and thirst mechanisms. Listen to your body and eat when your hungry. 5 or 6 small meals a day is not necessary and 3 square meals a day is not necessary. I have a small snack in the morning only if im a little hungry. Nuts and seeds or berries. Most days i skip breakfast and lunch and eat after 4PM. I do well on two BAM's(BIG ASS MEALS) a day.

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:03 AM

We've been doing a Whole30 for the past month, and I've been trying my best to eat breakfast, because they say that eating a meal high in protein/fat within one hour of waking up is critical. But I really don't feel like it most of the time. My preferred mode is to workout in the morning and then eat that meal post workout, at like 11am. That feels right for my body. Eating first thing, when I'm not really hungry, does feel like force-feeding to me.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Then DO IT!!!! If your body is sending you clear signals, and you're a mostly-healthy normal person, then listen to it! It's a great thing to get definite signals for your body, from your body!

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:58 AM

In general, for the average mostly-healthy person, there should be no need to force feed yourself.

If you have an illness or a reason that you aren't hungry, like an ulcer (that was what happened to me) or are pregnant and nauseous a lot, then it may be necessary. Sometimes the body does not want what it needs because of outside circumstances and the body gets confused. When that happens, the brain must step in and take control by force.

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