Sunday, November 9, 2008

Three Squares?

Many people have put forth that to assist in weight-loss, your food consumption should be broken down into many "mini-meals" over the course of the day. This is apposed to the traditional 3-meal-per-day-schedule that many (most?) of us are on. I've heard numbers like 5, 6 and 8 thrown-around as the optimum number of "meals" one should be consuming daily.

I also know a few people that have had lots of success losing weight by simply adopting a "never eat anything after 6:00pm" type of regimen. This would require you to either eat a big lunch and skip dinner altogether or to start eating your dinner at 5:00pm or thereabouts -- not very compatible with many of our work schedules.

I think that one would need to be careful about adopting either of these policies in conjunction with the SLD, as they both are somewhat at odds with a central tenant of the plan: eat when you are hungry, but only when you are hungry.

When on the SLD, I don't think that multiple mini-meals per-day are necessarily a bad thing but two points to keep in mind:
  1. Make sure you are actually hungry before eating any of these meals (mini or otherwise).
  2. 5 or more meals during a typical day would be pretty tough to schedule and still have one or two two-hour windows for ELOO consumption.
As for the evening-cutoff and the SLD - you may find yourself in a situation that the AS is sufficient and that you are not hungry after 6:00pm (or whatever your cutoff time is) but I think that if you are truly hungry in the evening, you should eat. That's kind of the whole point of the SLD.

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