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Intermittent Fasting, 7 meals a day or something In between?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Some people swear by intermittent fasting, others say that 5+ meals a day are the way to go to keep your metabolism up. Is one better advice than the other or Can they both be good advice for different situations? If they can both be good advice for different situations then in what situations would IF be right and in what situations would 5+ meals a day be good advice.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:26 PM

Lol dude, yea, good point with the orange box thing. I still don't really get how that thing works, I typically just troll my questions and questions I answered for updates since that box only seems to turn orange when pigs fly and the moon turns blue at the **same damn time**.

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:42 AM

lol you're funny. Most of the time it's just revisions, and sometimes when the comment is aimed at a particular person, I just delete them after they've responded or delete if I I think they've moved on from the discussion. TBH I"m considering deleting this just because the question is now done with and you won't get the orange letter box because it's on my answer, so you might never see it :/

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:40 AM

...like now i'm considering deleting what I just wrote above because you won't get the little orange letter box and might not see it, so it seems useless to me :/

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:38 AM

...like now i'm considering deleting what I just wrote because you won't get the little orange letter box and see it, so it seems useless to me.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:37 AM

lol you're funny. Most of the time it's just revisions, and sometimes when the comment is aimed at a particular person, and a few minutes goes by I just delete.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 10:34 AM

LOL. I revise most of the time, not delete. Also, sometimes I just want certain people to see it and not everyone, so if they don't respond soon I just delete em.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Btw, you should change your nick from foreveryoung to foreverdeletingcomments, lol

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Btw, you should change your nick from foreveryoung to foreverdeletingcomments. Lol..

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Lol, that's awesome dude. Your diet is just so solid that it's contagious, lmao. And in addition to clean eating, I really think there might be something to spacing meals out during the day into these smaller clean portions. Oddly I feel more at peace knowing I have access to so many healthy, tasty portioned meals.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:34 AM

Interesting, thanks for your feedback. I agree about the individual variability part definitely.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:32 AM

:) , thankyou for your feedback.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Thanks for your input Erin :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:05 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date and you told me "to wife her"? Well, we're not getting married but she eats just like me now too :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date? Well I've converted her as well :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date? Well she eats like me now too :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Solid dude, I'm pretty stoked about this 5 meals per day stuff,it's always been hard for me to stuff myself actually,I prefer eating smaller meals,it just never really registered in my mind to try it,but now it actually seems easier,more convienent and just overall more pleasant for my lifestyle especially. I definitely appreciate the feedback man,your responses on other threads like the fitness model question are what got me seriously considering this in the first place. Serious +1 man,I'll let you now how it goes. Meanwhile,my kitchen looks like something straight out of Epic Meal Time,lmao.

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:56 AM

...also, when you eat as much cottage cheese and casein protein powder as Berhkhan does, I am not sure it even qualifies as fasting.

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:46 AM

If you remember a while back I commented about my girlfriend who thought she's vegan but really wasn't? Yeah well she eats like me now :)

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:43 AM

Yeah I know who is, I just never clicked on his links before. When I first started eating like a fitness model would, I did prepare everything a few days in advance. I think it's important to do that when beginning so you can know what to tweak when that time comes. Since I've been doing this so long though, I've become so intune with my body that can tell within hours if I'm in a surplus, maintenance, or deficit,whether I've eaten something that will add a miniscule amount of fat,when I needmore carbs, fats, or proteins,etc.It's amazing what it does to your mind and body.I'm excited for you:)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:37 AM

Yea dude, you'd definitely think he's legit then, he's the sixpackshortcuts guy that you see around on online ads/YouTube, he definitely looks the look and walks the walk. What I like is that he calls his plan the Zero Willpower Eating System because since full meals are already prepared its actually easier to eat regularly and cleanly than it is to eat sporadically/junkily. Which fits the bill since I dislike cooking and can't afford/find quality places to eat every couple hours. Part of the reason I got the program was because so much of what he said coincided with what I've heard you say.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:20 AM

..I have tilapia, sweet potato, and asparagus in the oven right now :)

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:18 AM

No I haven't looked into him but as you know that's basically what I do- lean meats, fish, root vegetables, and green vegetables. That's 85% of my diet. The other 15% being oatmeal, almonds, and protein shakes. If he's recommending anything close that, isn't peddling a bunch of supplements, and looks good with his shirt off, I call it legit.

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:11 AM

@forever, what do you think about this Mike Chang guy? I just bought his course and made 35 meals prepackaged in disposable containers, with 3 different meats (tilapia,chicken,steak,), 2 different starches (potatoes, sweet potatoes) and 5 different veggies (broccoli, carrots, asparagus, turnip greens, collard greens) all in different combinations. Should last me 5-7 days and only took about 2-3 hours to cook. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQBvOW7e8zk&list=PL3At3NLVQbnm9qw0PH2if6GmLYhglaIkb&index=1 . I'm kinda feeling his workouts too, you ever looked into him?

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Whatever works. They're both good advice for different situations, and in the end you just gotta meet your calories and macros, and properly time your nutrient intake. Personally, having done both leangains and 5 small meals, I feel better on the latter. I typically eat between 4-6. That being said, sometimes a "meal" is just 200 calories, and contrary to what the majority feel, I think leangains is too obsessive and invasive in my life, as opposed to eating clean whenever I want. I can actually go to restaurants and not feel like I'm starving or cause a scene by ordering obscene amounts

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 25, 2013
at 12:01 AM

Whatever works. They're both good advice for different situations, and in the end you just gotta meat your calories and macros, and properly time your nutrient intake. Personally, having done both leangains and 5 small meals, I feel better on the latter. I typically eat between 4-6. That being said, sometimes a "meal" is just 200 calories, and contrary to what the majority feel, I think leangains is too obsessive and invasive in my life, as opposed to eating clean whenever I want. I can actually go to restaurants and not feel like I'm starving or cause a scene by ordering obscene amounts.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Whatever works. They're both good advice for different situations. Personally, having done both leangains and 5 small meals, I feel better on the latter. In the end you just gotta meat your calories and macros, and properly time your nutrient intake. I typically eat between 4-6, and sometimes times per day. That being said, sometimes a "meal" is just 200 calories.

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:58 PM

youve prolly seen this but i was just reading this today :) http://gettingstronger.org/2011/05/intermittent-fasting-for-health-and-longevity/

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:57 PM

Whatever works. They're both good advice for different situations. Personally, having done both leangains and 5 small meals, I feel better on the latter. In the end you just gotta meat your calories and macros, and properly time your nutrient intake.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 25, 2013
at 12:38 AM

Here are is a more in depth answer.

I have done "Leangains" feeding window and meals, and have also done 5 small meals. I like the latter more based on both it's physical effects and its compatibility with my lifestyle.

Here is why I like about Leangains: Firstly, Leangains is "cutting edge," so I just felt like I was ahead of the game when doing it. In fact, that's the only thing that attracted me to it in the first place.

Here's what I did not like about Leangains: Firstly, the huge meals. I just don't like feeling stuffed. I believe there is some true wisdom in that we should eat until satisfied, not full. Leangains, stretches my stomach and I don't like that. Secondly, due to the nature of my workouts, I feel better when I get to eat before and after, and I also workout daily and do A LOT of NEPA (non exercise physical activity), especially in the Spring and summer- eating the majority of my cals late in afternoon and into the night just doesn't fuel my activities...and I don't like going to bed full either (much less at any other time of day). Thirdly, it's incompatible with my lifestyle. Just way too obsessive and inconvenient for me. I like to go out to lunch and dinner with friends and on dates, and ordering giant meals is going to cause a scene. I also like that I can eat the typically small restaurant portions and be satisfied.

So, yeah, leangains is not for me. That being said, I don't mind missing a meal here or there and don't stress about it. That's my INTERMITTENT fast.

Why I like 5 small meals: For the freedom it gives. I can just eat clean 24/7 and not stress about missing a meal or be a pain when going out to eat with friends. I can also fuel my workouts more appropriately. I can also not feel full. Some people like that feeling, but I don't. So for me I like 5 small meals. 5 small meals means things like oatmeal with eggs/egg whites, chicken/fish with greens and sweet potato. Salads with meat/fish on top. I like that better, as opposed to literally a pound of meat in one sitting along with a bunch of roots and then a giant 3 scoop casein protein fluff. It's just too ridiculous FOR ME. I don't like it.

In the end, the lesson is you have to do what works for you, and by works for you I mean is (1) flexible (2) compatible with your lifestyle and (3) allows to consistently meet your calories/macros/nutrient timing desires.

For me that's just eating "clean" 24/7, 365. Not obessing about meal timing but fueling my activities and being mindful of portions and nutrient timing.

Do what makes you happy :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:38 AM

...like now i'm considering deleting what I just wrote because you won't get the little orange letter box and see it, so it seems useless to me.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 25, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Btw, you should change your nick from foreveryoung to foreverdeletingcomments, lol

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 25, 2013
at 01:35 AM

Solid dude, I'm pretty stoked about this 5 meals per day stuff,it's always been hard for me to stuff myself actually,I prefer eating smaller meals,it just never really registered in my mind to try it,but now it actually seems easier,more convienent and just overall more pleasant for my lifestyle especially. I definitely appreciate the feedback man,your responses on other threads like the fitness model question are what got me seriously considering this in the first place. Serious +1 man,I'll let you now how it goes. Meanwhile,my kitchen looks like something straight out of Epic Meal Time,lmao.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:34 AM

LOL. I revise most of the time, not delete. Also, sometimes I just want certain people to see it and not everyone, so if they don't respond soon I just delete em.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date? Well I've converted her as well :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:40 AM

...like now i'm considering deleting what I just wrote above because you won't get the little orange letter box and might not see it, so it seems useless to me :/

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 25, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Lol, that's awesome dude. Your diet is just so solid that it's contagious, lmao. And in addition to clean eating, I really think there might be something to spacing meals out during the day into these smaller clean portions. Oddly I feel more at peace knowing I have access to so many healthy, tasty portioned meals.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 12:56 AM

...also, when you eat as much cottage cheese and casein protein powder as Berhkhan does, I am not sure it even qualifies as fasting.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 02:05 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date and you told me "to wife her"? Well, we're not getting married but she eats just like me now too :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:37 AM

lol you're funny. Most of the time it's just revisions, and sometimes when the comment is aimed at a particular person, and a few minutes goes by I just delete.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 25, 2013
at 12:26 PM

Lol dude, yea, good point with the orange box thing. I still don't really get how that thing works, I typically just troll my questions and questions I answered for updates since that box only seems to turn orange when pigs fly and the moon turns blue at the **same damn time**.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Yeah no problem, man. I'm excited for you. It's amazing what really clean eating does to your mind and body. Remember when I commented on my vegan-but-not-actually-vegan girlfriend? The sushi date? Well she eats like me now too :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 25, 2013
at 10:42 AM

lol you're funny. Most of the time it's just revisions, and sometimes when the comment is aimed at a particular person, I just delete them after they've responded or delete if I I think they've moved on from the discussion. TBH I"m considering deleting this just because the question is now done with and you won't get the orange letter box because it's on my answer, so you might never see it :/

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 25, 2013
at 03:05 AM

Btw, you should change your nick from foreveryoung to foreverdeletingcomments. Lol..

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:54 PM

Definitely NOT 7 meals a day..but not 1 either..:) id say for most people depending on their schedules and when they workout a smaller feeding window (around 6-8 hours) with 2-3 meals would work best. Inbetweeny :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:32 AM

:) , thankyou for your feedback.

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on April 24, 2013
at 11:21 PM

I think eating more often leads to food obsession, because (for me anyway) you always have to plan ahead and make time to eat (I mean 5 times a day is a lot of different times to eat) and I find I never satisfy myself with the portion sizes... I think fasting is better because it gives your body a rest, and I don't think that the effect of regular eating on metabolism is really substantial enough to bother... I suppose if you were to get into what situations best for each, I would say fast on busy days...That way you won't be preoccupied with hunger, and on days of rest you could eat more regularly? It's really your own call :) Everyone is different :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:31 AM

Thanks for your input Erin :)

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on April 24, 2013
at 10:56 PM

I IF because I still have some weight to lose. I'm not all crazy about it, and if I feel hungry I eat. As long as my energy is good then I feel it's good for my metabolism. I admit that I primarly read pro IF sites, but in the past, before paleo, trying 5+ meals was difficult, and I prefer eating to fullness in one go, not to just not as hungry repeatedly. IF just feels more natural to my body.

As for anyone else, I think that once you start paying real attention to your body, you know what it needs. And for some, that may very well be five or more meals a day. I don't think it's one size fits all.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on April 25, 2013
at 02:34 AM

Interesting, thanks for your feedback. I agree about the individual variability part definitely.

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