I am 5'7, 135 lbs, very lean, and I am very active. My job is active, I play sports and I lift weights. I have no macronutrient restriction and I eat a fairly clean paleo diet, not because I feel it is optimal, but it is the only thing that prevents rosacea flares.
I keep no track of how many calories I consume, but I typically feel drained and sluggish both mentally and physically on a day to day basis. I thought maybe my insulin levels were to high but I had an idea that probably wasn't the case.
To test this out. I consumed 1200 kcals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and I felt fantastic. My brain fog lifted, I was alert and my anxiety seemed to disappear. My usual meals, I am guessing, are usually about 700 kcals each, and they usually make me feel like crap.
I know I probably have made up a caloric deficit, but most of my symptoms seem to magnify after small meals and not large ones. I would think the larger meals accompanied by the huge insulin spike would make me crash worse, but that's not the case.
Is there any reason why smaller meals would make me feel worse than; a. Not eating and b. larger meals.
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on April 27, 2014
at 02:09 PM
I'm also very lean and active and have had this issue. Two things that worked: IF as @glacierk stated because you get to each more at each meal, and just breaking the habit. I believe we get used to a certain amount of food and then our brain tricks us into thinking we need it. On days that I don't IF I just tell myself that is enough food and move on.
on April 26, 2014
at 09:47 PM
I'm a fan of intermittent fasting because I can generally eat larger meals that actually satisfy me. Small meals usually leave me feeling hungrier and more anxious than before the meal. I've heard that humans are not really "programmed" to eat small restricted meals...we would usually feast until we are full, when we could. So our bodies function fine under fasting and feasting schedules. Maybe you could look into intermittent fasting.
on April 26, 2014
at 06:51 PM
Were your macro ratios the same/similar in both sized meals? I know you said you don't have restrictions, but were you eating the same foods but in different quantities? Or different foods? I feel crappy if I've eaten too many carbs in one sitting, and I also feel crappy if I've eaten too little carbs in one sitting. Maybe your smaller meals didn't have optimal ratios, and your larger meals do? For me personally, if I take care to watch the glycemic loads of the food I eat and stay away from foods that illicit a large insulin response in me, it doesn't matter what size meal I eat- I feel great regardless. For example, I ate a large bowl of oatmeal this morning with smaller amounts of protein and fat than I usually eat for breakfast, and have felt crappy all day. Normally, on a larger breakfast of eggs, a fruit, heavy cream in my coffee, etc, I feel fantastic and have energy for 8+ hours. So, my guess would be that you probably played around with your macros when increasing meal sizes without knowing it, and these new ratios work much better for you. Also, if you're as active as you say you are, you probably weren't netting enough with smaller meals.