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How Many Times a Day Do You Eat?

I grew up eating three meals a day, but now that I'm much more active, exercising regularly and keeping up with my two girls, I need to refuel more often. So eating four or five smaller meals each day works much better for me. What about you? I'm wondering . . .


kkbutler kkbutler 9 years
I eat probably 5,6, or more times a day. I prefer to eat smaller portions more frequently and have no trouble staying within normal daily calorie allowance. And to say that "Our primitive ancestors did not eat snacks and they also did not have weight problems" is not a true correlation. Our primitive ancestors also did not have processed foods or cars. In the end it comes down to the total calories consumed and expended each day as well as the quality of foods and nutrients eaten. Whether it be 2 or 6 times a day that you eat as long as it works for you and you are eating healthy then you are probably fine.
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 9 years
I eat ALL DAY. I honestly must have the fastest metabolism in the world - if I don't have 6 small meals or more a day, I get dizzy and faint. Or else I must have worms. Haha. Granted, I eat very healthy, tiny meals since I get fully quickly and do around 12 hours exercise a week. Plus my work is active. But still, its pretty abnormal..
dmartinxoxo dmartinxoxo 9 years
twice...usually a 6in subway for lunch and a small vegetarian dinner. yay for a low fat no fun diet...haha.
darlene darlene 9 years
two times
RaCheer RaCheer 9 years
I eat 5 times a day. I eat oatmeal for breakfast, a lean cuisine for lunch, and a healthy dinner. I eat fruit/nuts for my 2 snacks. :)
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
nikpik...Studies have found that the fewer the meals are, the more likely people are to being obese. Your body goes into starvation mode when you don't eat regularly. Our ancestors ate whenever they had food.
nikpik nikpik 9 years
Its funny people who are commenting 2 x per day and saying it "is bad". That is great! Most meals are large, so we easily consume 1500 calories + in two meals. I think the grazing thing is aweful. Consider if you eat three SMALL meals (500 calories) and then two snacks (200 calories each) your total is 1900. Our primitive ancestors did not eat snacks and they also did not have weight problems. Snacks are usually unnecessary carbohydrates that quickly add to body mass.If you want to be thin eat more than two meals per day and one fruit snack (only fresh fruit)
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
5 - 3 meals + 2 snacks
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Between 5 and 6, based on the nutrition plan given to me by my personal trainer.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I eat something like 3-4 times a day....breakfast, late lunch/early dinner, and a couple of substantial snacks.
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Four to five times.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 9 years
I eat a bunch of smaller meals because I want to feel satiated, but I hate to feel "full" wierd,huh
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I started eating 5 times a day...between 250 and 300 calories each time. I've lost 10.6 pounds in 3 1/2 weeks!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
3 meals with snacks - I feel better eating every 3-4 hours.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
I'm a breakfest lunch and dinner girl.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Usually 4-5 times on weekdays. Weekends are different: I tend to eat more less frequently.
eclecticFLgirl eclecticFLgirl 9 years
I usually eat 6 times: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack/dessert. I keep each meal & snack small though, to keep the calorie intake down. I like it cuz I can eat almost all day long!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm bad - i usually only eat 2x per day. i try to remember to snack during work...but i never get a chance. i have veggies in baggies with me all the time, but i never eat them. it's the attempt, but lack of follow through on my part.
carolinel carolinel 9 years
I have to eat 3 big meals because when I snack, I open my huge appetite and always eat way more then my usual calorie intake.
babygal14 babygal14 9 years
I actually have no idea how many times i eat a day, the amount of times i eat a day changes all the time
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
I eat 5 times a day to keep my metabolism burning all day long. If you only eat once or twice, your body starts storing fat.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
see, im kinda weird. i can eat one meal and be good until the next day. but I force myself to eat another meal later on just because i dont think it's all that healthy to just eat once a day and not even get hungry after.
brielleblonde brielleblonde 9 years
I can only eat two times a day because I have work and can't take a break. I wish I could eat more but by the time I get home I eat, sit down and go to sleep!
Marlovestar Marlovestar 9 years
My stomach gets full too fast. So I break it down by eating a snack every two hours.
Faylinn Faylinn 9 years
jdeprima: Oh, I'm with you. Almost two months smoke free, except I wasn't as lucky as you in the weight part. :\ Oh well. Anyway, I snack all the time, but I try to be healthy about it. But as a chocolate addict, it's damn hard.
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