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Snacking (or High Meal Frequency) With Intermittent Fasting?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 02, 2012 at 1:45 PM

It is generally agreed that snacking constantly is not conductive to good health. I am not familiar with the science but I have also read that if you are eating within a window (16/8) then meal frequency does not matter. How do they correlate?

Have you seen stalled results when you eat more frequently while IFing or is the same as long as you give your body a rest with the non-eating window?

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Yes, I meant that its generally accepted that the less meals the better. So my question was asking if anyone saw worse results when they are 6 times within that 8 hour period rather than 2-3.

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on July 02, 2012
at 03:23 PM

As long as you're eating during the window, and your calorie intake is the same, snacking and meals will yield the same result in my opinion.

It's a feeding window.. FEED! :D

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on July 02, 2012
at 02:50 PM

This is a "what works for one individual" question. Some individuals do better snacking while others do not. "Good health" is a massive spectrum far beyond just eating. Good health is also good mental, social, environmental, physical, spiritual, etc...

I'm not sure what you mean by snacking WHILE IFing? You don't eat anything when you're fasting? Nonetheless, I will speak from what works best for ME:

I used to be a snacker type back in college. Nowadays, I'm just too busy to "have to have a 2:30 snack." I've long grown out of the snack stuff (up until evening.) I operate BEST on a light breakfast, light lunch, very large dinner and medium snack after dinner. This allows me to be more productive throughout the entire day and then focus my eating during my down time when the day has come to an end. This has allowed me to maintain a very lean physique with ease while keeping strength and energy levels high.

Once in a while, I even skip breakfast and lunch and just don't eat until dinner. (I MIGHT use my athletic greens supplement for late breakfast.) But 60+% of my calories come in between 5:00-9:00 PM.

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on July 02, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Yes, I meant that its generally accepted that the less meals the better. So my question was asking if anyone saw worse results when they are 6 times within that 8 hour period rather than 2-3.

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