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Anyone eat 2 meals a day?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 16, 2011 at 2:26 AM

I've noticed my cravings for sugar and insatiable hunger has disappeared once I started eating 2 massive meals a day, once in the morning after an early workout and later a couple hours before bed. Has anyone tried the 2 meal a day plan?

Alternate between these 2 meals everyday (cooked with liberal portions of coconut butter)

Meal 1 5 eggs 1/2 onion 1 pepper 1 cup spinach 1 cup broccoli

Meal 2 6 oz chicken 1 large sweet potato
1 Tomato

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

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on March 16, 2013
at 05:42 PM

+1 on drinking enough water

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on March 16, 2013
at 03:31 PM

i used to be a huge IFaster..I started eating a very small high fat/protein brunch everyday. I am amazed at how fast my stomach is starting to tighten up. might have something to do with cortisol?

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 11, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I find a smaller morning meal is better, both for my energy, and for my fitness goals.

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on September 24, 2011
at 10:27 PM

If PaleoNewComer is substaintially overweight, or a smaller female, that may be plenty of food.

7255a87872b75e6f691d84dca769b87e

on August 26, 2011
at 10:25 PM

^Travis has an idea, but perhaps consider also that you are eating so few calories that your metabolic functions have slowed, causing your appetite to lessen. You could check up on nutritiondata.com to see if you're getting good levels of all the nutrients you need from your meals. I also eat two meals a day with my maintenance level calories (way more than what you've described) and also have noticed decreased hunger compared with five meals a day of the same caloric amount. It feels good to eat like a hunter and not like the ruminants we devour!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 09:26 PM

ahh ha ha ha. This is true.

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on August 26, 2011
at 06:13 PM

Now that I think of it, you may have restored your leptin sensitivity and because your food has a fair amount of nutrient density, you may simply have a reduced appetite until you lose a lot more fat.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on August 26, 2011
at 05:36 PM

Starving to say the least.

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(39831)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:25 PM

Wow, I'd be starving.

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:32 PM

that doesn't seem like much food. ~1000 calories?

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235259a645be3cac56196e0489dbc8f4

on August 16, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Yeah...Ever since I discovered IF via LeanGains...I eat really big but massive meals. Most days are 2 meals over 1,000 calories each...with the occasional ESE method of one meal a day at around 1500 or so calories. Been great...eating such big meals makes me full and satisfied for hours. THe frequent smaller meals always left me unsatisfied and starving.

Here is an example of a guy who eats ONE meal a day and it works for him.

http://www.ironmanmagazine.com/site/greg-plitt/

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40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:05 PM

I do a good amount of CrossFit and generally feel that I require three. Please don't hate me.

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on August 16, 2011
at 06:54 AM

One or two meals a day has been working for me lately. I was really inspired by the Lean Gains protocols as well as learning that Herschel Walker eats only one meal a day and has since highschool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5odKC4x-61E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

here is an interview where he talks about it.

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on August 16, 2011
at 04:10 AM

I eat negative two meals a day. Oh, what's that, Mark Sisson, you're still "fasting" with zero meals a day? That's probably still cool. (Fatty.)

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E639bc85fd42430285596434a6515ad5

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:26 AM

Two at most. Sometimes one. Occasionally zero.

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:06 AM

I'm usually hitting two legit meals and one little snack (some nuts, a piece of fruit, etc.) per day and feel good.

A normal day is a late breakfast around 11am of eggs, bacon, and greens (all cooked in bacon fat) and then ~8oz of beef and a large fresh veggie salad and some steamed veggies for "dinner" around 4pm.

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on March 16, 2013
at 03:22 PM

this diet is great i tell you. if youre determined. im in my 13th day now. my stomach looks great i never thought it could be possible lol... this diet is so good im afraid to even slip up during the day... i know my eating times are 8am and 8pm. i have my own good reasons why i chose this time slot.... o ive lost 3kg... and i do have dessert after dinner sometime. love it.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on March 16, 2013
at 03:31 PM

i used to be a huge IFaster..I started eating a very small high fat/protein brunch everyday. I am amazed at how fast my stomach is starting to tighten up. might have something to do with cortisol?

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 10, 2012
at 09:40 PM

I just recently started eating two meals a day, hence digging up this thread. I've found it has a few challenges.

One -- meal size. I'm a stocky guy, and increasingly active, so I need my meals to be big and filling. This has meant upping my carbs a bit, but also keeping up good energy sources, like salmon. If I don't get enough calories, I'm more prone to binge.

Two -- what macronutrients to eat during which meal. I feel better if my first meal is mostly fat, with some protein (i.e. eggs, yogurt, fish, etc), but my second meal protein with a fair dose of carbs (meat with veggies and tubers). The second meal being heavier on carbs also has improved my sleep. In either case I eat big portions to meet my caloric needs.

Three -- hydration. If I drink enough water, two meals is more than satisfying.

Last -- this is harder to do on workout days, but I'm still working on it. In any case I've gotten good results and am getting leaner and stronger. It seems that my best workouts are between meals, with fats for energy and carbs for recovery, but I'm not sure if this affects me burning fat stores.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

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on March 16, 2013
at 05:42 PM

+1 on drinking enough water

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:01 PM

2 meals plus morning coffee. Morning coffee is with half & half, so there's some calories there, but hardly qualifying as a meal.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 03:40 PM

I eat 2 meals a day except for some hot tea and dark chocolate at night sometimes. Like Dan said it came about naturally. I eat until I'm full and then I don't eat again until I'm hungry. Sometimes if I'm busy I'll eat 1 meal a day which I will then count in my intermittent fasting.

If I end up eating more than two I notice I'm not hungry the next day hardly at all.

I will eat an omelette with mushroom and sausage and bacon in the morning. If I'm still hungry I'll eat some coconut chips.

Later I'll eat something like steak, baby spinach salad with red onion, olive oil and avocado.

I recently cut coconut oil from my coffee and I have not noticed my hunger increase. Trying to my last bit of weight now so experimenting. After I get it down I'm excited to add some sweet potatoes.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Err... I have at least 3 meals, mostly 4: Breakfast(8:00), Post-Workout (11:00), Lunch (14:30), Dinner (20:00).

Doing CrossFit 5 to 6 times per week. On rest-days I eat 3 meals. And I surely eat way more than you do. I haven't kept track of my menu's lately but it used to be around 3000-4000 Kcal.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:15 PM

Generally, unless you count the heavy cream in my morning coffee as a meal.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:11 PM

I never consciously set out to eat two meals a day, it just started happening (about 3 months into Paleo). Now I eat two meals almost exclusively, but if I eat lunch/supper too early I might saute up some veggies as a light third meal (usually happens on a workout day).

Art DeVany recommends against "grazing" (snacking throughout the day) because when we eat we turn off our fat-burning mechanisms. By that logic two meals a day would be superior to three, more time to digest and burn food energy. I don't know if one would be superior to two, though - I don't think I could fit 2,500 calories into my stomach at once.

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on August 16, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Sometimes, but not on purpose. I just let it happen when it happens.

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on August 16, 2011
at 03:27 AM

Yep. I've been doing two meals a day for over a year now. I usually don't need much more than that!

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on August 16, 2011
at 02:32 AM

Yup...works well for me. But looks like I eat a little more than you :)...add about a half pound of bacon to breakfast and a large salad and another 6oz of meat to dinner and thats about exactly what I eat.

I love two meals a day, but I have to admit when I wanted to lose weight I would alternate it with 3 meals. Now that I'm bout were I like I just eat the two every day.

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on March 24, 2013
at 03:54 AM

Leangins. Noon and night. Done. Happy.

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on March 24, 2013
at 03:46 AM

Two meals for me! Sometimes big, sometimes small... It all depends on how I am feeling! Do what works best for you - there is NO one-size-fits-all approach.

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on February 11, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Same here! So much more convenient as well. Actually, recently I've been thinking about doing 1 meal a day... or just a much smaller morning meal.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 11, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I find a smaller morning meal is better, both for my energy, and for my fitness goals.

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on February 10, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I usually only have two to three meals a day. I usually eat before and after I workout at night, and sometimes I'll have breakfast too.

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on February 10, 2012
at 09:43 PM

yup i eat once or twice a day.

if i feel like eating more, i do, if not i dont :)

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62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

on August 26, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I plan on only eating one meal (thanks to Leangains) but if I get hungry before dinner, I'll eat. Nothing bad happens :)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 09:26 PM

ahh ha ha ha. This is true.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 26, 2011
at 09:03 PM

two meals? - sounds scary...

one meal (consisting of dead animals) at most, no food at all on some days

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