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Metabolic Miracle - should I eat every 5 hours?

Commented on October 23, 2013
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The other day I listened to Jimmy Moore interview with Diane Kress - author of Metabolism Miracle. I mostly agreed with what was said, but then in second part of the interview she said something that seemed strange to me. She claimed that in order to maintain low blood glucose levels one should eat every 5 hours to prevent liver from releasing glycogen.

On one hand it seems weird with intermittent fasting rage all over the place. On the other hand, some people, especially women have problems with IF. So, is grazing the way to go after all?

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on October 23, 2013
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It seemed to me that she didn't understand toxicity of grains, probably too concentrated on metabolism issues. I was also thinking that body should be smart enough to release only amount of glycogen necessary, on the other hand it should be smart enough not to release too much insulin but it does so..

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on October 23, 2013
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tho having said that, eating every 5 hours is not grazing...that could be just 2 or 3 meals per day.

I agree with your IF comment, do not force your body to go without food (fast) if it can not 'handle-it', you will just stress the body. Some people are able to adapt to fasting easier than others, usually after they have become 'fat adapted' (adapted to easily/preferentially burning fat)

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i'm thinking 'grazing' thru the day could worsen sleep?...i mean if the body is expecting food all the time, what happens during the night...would blood sugar levels drop lower & cortisol kick-in more often during the night...potentially resulting in the need for night-time snacks

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on October 23, 2013
at 03:15 PM

i dont think eating every 5 hours is grazing... assuming your awake 16 hours a day that equates to about 3 meals, which seems pretty normal imo. if you dont eat every 5ish hours your almost guaranteed to be fasting... which is not always recommended for women.

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at 02:52 PM

What matters (I think) is what happens before and during the time when your liver releases glucose. What's the state of the body at that point? If you dosed yourself with glucose before that time, induced an insulin response, your liver is responding to low blood sugar, if it over compensates, that's a problem, but then I don't think eating fixes that problem either. It sounds more like the typical 'nibble on sugar/starch all day to keep your BG stable' BS you get from the standard diet crowd.

In other words, if you're eating food that does not induce wild-swings in blood glucose, your liver has to do relatively little to keep your blood glucose levels stable. If instead, though you're eating starch/sugar heavy meals infrequently and have metabolic disorder, your liver has to do something in between meals to keep blood glucose normal. If you eat moderate carbohydrate meals infrequently, you don't make big waves in BG, and your liver doesn't work as hard to stabilize BG. Eating more often is necessary in a higher carbohydrate diet.

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on October 23, 2013
at 02:34 PM

It's *not* like eating a bagel. If you use stored liver glycogen for energy, your body's smart enough to release the only the glycogen needed, avoiding any insulin spikes or the inflammation that results from continuous high levels of circulating insulin.

You're smart to think of intermittent fasting as an objection to Kress' guidance. If Kress were 100% correct, IF would work only if the body first depleted the liver of glycogen, and there's no evidence I know of that indicates the body does this (I'm open to being corrected on this point).

You're also smart to know that Stefani Ruper recommends that women don't do IF, as a rule.

I just looked at the Amazon reviews of Metabolism Miracle on Amazon and discovered that Kress recommends low-carb tortilla. That doesn't seem so smart. Jimmy Moore has to have lots of guests to keep his shows going, and not all of them are going to be stellar.

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on October 23, 2013
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It seemed to me that she didn't understand toxicity of grains, probably too concentrated on metabolism issues. I was also thinking that body should be smart enough to release only amount of glycogen necessary, on the other hand it should be smart enough not to release too much insulin but it does so..

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on October 23, 2013
at 01:56 AM

I understand that having to eat often can be annoying and that IF works for many people. What I would like to find out is if grazing worked for somebody. Diane Kress told that it worked for herself and her patients. That would be nice if before posting your opinion you listened to interview first as I might omit something important.

As far as I understood, grazing is important for people with metabolic syndrome, who want to keep blood sugar as low as possible. If they don't eat, liver glycogen kicks in which is similar to "eating a bagel" in her own words. Does it make sense?

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on October 23, 2013
at 12:34 AM

This has been my experience...

I started out doing the "eat every few hours" thing to "keep the metabolic flame burning." Result? I spent most of my day looking for food, fretting about finding food, and then irritable when I couldn't find anything healthy. It often lead to eating "healthy-ish" foods, like chicken salad with processed soybean mayo because it's better than nothing and low carb. It was either that or spend hours cooking meals for the week and figuring out how to transport them and where to store them.

A few months ago I switched to one two meals a day ala Warrior Diet / Leangains style.

Result? More energy, weight comes off easier, and I don't spend the entire day worrying about cooking for finding healthy food. I do my thing all day and then at night my kitchen is full of grass feed meat, coconuts, etc.

If you go the IF route, just start slowly.

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