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Weird eating schedule

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

For about 6 months my body has had the oddest hunger. I wake up very hungry and eat about 500 calories around 630. By 930 I am starving again and eat another 300-400 calories. Then by 1130 i am starving and eat 400-500 calories. By 230 I am absolutely ravenous and eat the rest the day's food (I would guess around 800 calories) then my body doesn't seem to want any more food for the rest of the day. I am 5'8 127lbs and very active so the amount of food is about right... It just seems odd that my body wants it on this schedule. I have experimented with different foods at different times like lots of fat in the morning and avoiding carbs completely in the morning and such and it seems to have no effect on when I am hungry again.

If I try to put my hunger off I feel miserable and light headed. I have struggled with some blood sugar issues but they have been much much less severe since starting paleo a couple months ago. Does anyone else's body seem to want food on an odd schedule like this? Does anyone see a downside to eating on this schedule or would it be better to space the food out into the evening as well? I keep my macronutrients ratios around 45/35/20 carb/fat/protein and seem to be maintaining or very slightly loosing weight on this diet.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My workout schedule really varies day to day which probably makes thugs worse. I run about 50 miles a week (I know... Not the best thing I could do but I LOVE LOVE it). Sometimes I have to get up at 430 to get runs in and other times I go an hour after my big afternoon meal. I also lift weights a couple times a week, always around 4pm.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 16, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Well it really varies. Sometimes I'll eat that, sometimes an omelet with meat and avocado, sometimes leftovers from dinner or caveman crunch. I tried sticking to an omelet or meat for a while to see I that would help and didn't so I have just been doing whatever I am in the mood for now.

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Agreed -- I'd be hungry every hour if I consumed that kind of sugar, especially in juice form.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 16, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Hmm ok. I usually eat until I'm satisfied in the morning but I'll try to fill up on a lot tomorrow and see how that goes. Thanks!

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:12 PM

When/ what workout/exercise do you do? My guess, evening workouts?

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I was just going to say the same thing! I'd plus one but I used all my votes up today. :-D

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:44 PM

So I read one of your other posts, "...smoothies. I add a banana, strawberries, nut butter, POM juice and some almond milk...". If that is your normal breakfast then I would assume you are having a bit of a blood sugar crash -- especially given your workout routine.

I don't find anything particularly wrong with how you eat, it's like mine but in reverse. I rarely have breakfast because I am just not that hungry, and I workout in the morning. Then I eat around lunch time and then dinner -- compressed feeding schedules work for a lot of people. As long as you have good energy (and it sounds like you do) then you should be fine. If you are worried about the fact that you are losing weight then you may look for more energy dense foods to increase your caloric intake.

I would not try to push off hunger or force yourself into eating when you are not hungry.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 16, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Well it really varies. Sometimes I'll eat that, sometimes an omelet with meat and avocado, sometimes leftovers from dinner or caveman crunch. I tried sticking to an omelet or meat for a while to see I that would help and didn't so I have just been doing whatever I am in the mood for now.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on November 16, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Agreed -- I'd be hungry every hour if I consumed that kind of sugar, especially in juice form.

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on November 16, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Have you tried eating a big ass breakfast? Instead of 4-500 calories try for a clean 1000 and see how you feel the rest of the day. It could be similar to a leptin reset (http://www.jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/) I know for myself if I ate a meal and it was only 400 calories I'd be hungry 2 hours later as well.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 16, 2012
at 03:36 PM

Hmm ok. I usually eat until I'm satisfied in the morning but I'll try to fill up on a lot tomorrow and see how that goes. Thanks!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on November 16, 2012
at 03:11 PM

I was just going to say the same thing! I'd plus one but I used all my votes up today. :-D

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on November 16, 2012
at 04:00 PM

What sort of blood sugar issues? If they're minor, I probably wouldn't worry, but if you're inching towards pre-diabetes, I would be doing some serious experimenting to find a breakfast that kept you satiated for more than 3 hours. I'd worry less about finishing all my meals between 6:30 and 2:30 (which is probably good so long as you don't snack later) than about having 4 separate meals, which IMHO is probably not a great idea if you've got any concern about diabetes. If you don't, ignore my whole answer!

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