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My father is a serial grazer

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Created November 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

'Dad, you can't compete with a cow... you don't have 4 stomachs.'

Should we adopt a more regular frequency of 3-4 meals a day opposite to grazing, or that doesn't matter?

Is the stomach under stress if someone is grazing? Are there any drawbacks to it, physically, due to the stress imposed on it (if there is any), and psychologically, due to grhelin hormone, if you decide to go from grazer > "normal" paleo, and have 3 meals a day, but your little ghrelin just makes you hungry between meals because you were used to grazing?

I used to have 6-8 meals a day, like father like son heh, then went to 3, then 2 meals, then back to 3. This was while going Paleo. BUT what about someone who isn't paleo, and wants to go from grazing, like my father, to 3 squares while being high carb and non paleo?


Another question I wonder... what if... just what if you're a kind of paleo grazer? Let me explain: suppose you just eat some berries in the morning because you're not that hungry. Then you eat some tubers one hour later. Then you have a good size meal yet one or two hours later, and your next meal after that is 7 hours later and so on and so on (eat when you're hungry or what have you). And suppose you mix this up and never have a set schedule every day. How would this affect your patterns, would you feel more hungry, less hungry etc?

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Totally agree, Nance. That's also a really important consideration.

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I think it's what you like and what makes you most comfortable, least obsessed with food, etc.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I'm an IF person and I would NOT have down-voted this! Let's not make IF a stereotype, please, any more than primal/paleo.

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

yes keep eating every 4 - 5 hours dummy.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 08:15 PM

Yeeeeep ^_^ Apologies Main points would be: 1. is the stomach under stress if you graze; 2. Can you cheat ghrelin? (go back and forth between high and low meal frequency?)

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 08:12 PM

IF is the new craze - everybody has to do it or you're suddently not "healthy" anymore, or not "doing it right".

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 08:12 PM

You also show some interesting spelling skills.

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on November 13, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Probably downvoted by someone who thinks IF is the best eating pattern for every human being, no matter what, and snacking/high meal frequency will kill you from insulin spikes or something.

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on November 13, 2011
at 05:21 PM

kman. keep downvoting fatties. im sill right.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 13, 2011
at 05:14 PM

This was down voted? Really?

E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 13, 2011
at 04:57 PM

some things are universal. also you are clueless.

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at 04:37 PM

Narrow minded? If so, pick one thing that works for you and assume it works for everyone. End of story.

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at 04:35 PM

There are so many questions in this question :D.

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Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

on November 13, 2011
at 04:44 PM

It really just depends on what works for you. Do not tell a competitive athlete to not graze, there's no way they're getting in 6000+kcal in 3 meals in any reasonable manner.

At the same time, a lot of people find they do best on 3-4 meals. It helps control hunger, and keeps excess snack calories down. This is especially true if they are not involved in a lot of heavy training or are trying to lose weight.

Not to mention, if dietary fats are kept very low, a high meal frequency will probably better control hunger due to better blood glucose control and the fast gastric emptying. Since most people here have moderate to heavy consumption of fat, they can likely get away with eating less often.

So, it really just depends on you and your goals. If snacking helps you achieve your goals, then there's nothing wrong with it. Conversely if it is getting in the way of your goals, it might be something to look at.

E: And ghrelin becomes entrained to meal patterns after a while, so whatever you do your body will get used to (to an extent).

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on November 13, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Probably downvoted by someone who thinks IF is the best eating pattern for every human being, no matter what, and snacking/high meal frequency will kill you from insulin spikes or something.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 13, 2011
at 05:14 PM

This was down voted? Really?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 14, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I'm an IF person and I would NOT have down-voted this! Let's not make IF a stereotype, please, any more than primal/paleo.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

(395)

on November 13, 2011
at 08:12 PM

IF is the new craze - everybody has to do it or you're suddently not "healthy" anymore, or not "doing it right".

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 13, 2011
at 05:12 PM

There have been studies showing both methods (3 meals with no snacks/5-6 small meals) have positive benefits. It could be that it depends on the person; it could be that it depends on the diet. It could be something else entirely. At this point we really don't have enough information to know what's best as a general rule for everyone. But, each person can experiment to find out what works best for them and their particular goals.

Personally, I would be more concerned about the quality of the food than the frequency of eating. If he is open to dietary changes I would start with more paleo foods. Paleo foods are more satiating to most people and many have found switching their diet caused them to stop snacking automatically.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 14, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Totally agree, Nance. That's also a really important consideration.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 14, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I think it's what you like and what makes you most comfortable, least obsessed with food, etc.

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E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 13, 2011
at 03:50 PM

Mooo? If not, stop grazing.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on November 13, 2011
at 04:37 PM

Narrow minded? If so, pick one thing that works for you and assume it works for everyone. End of story.

D89511137c1849427593b3ef172578cb

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on November 13, 2011
at 08:12 PM

You also show some interesting spelling skills.

E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on November 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

yes keep eating every 4 - 5 hours dummy.

E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

(1240)

on November 13, 2011
at 04:57 PM

some things are universal. also you are clueless.

E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

(1240)

on November 13, 2011
at 05:21 PM

kman. keep downvoting fatties. im sill right.

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