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thepowerof140
10-25-2013, 06:27 AM
Four here for me (Was never fooled by the 6-8 small meals b*lls**t).

I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a second dinner. Breakfast is usually reasonably heavy because I'm hungry first thing in the morning, I also have a light snack between then and lunch. Lunch is lighter, The first dinner is heavier than breakfast, and the second dinner is on par with the first dinner. The reason I have two dinners is because I'm at my most hungriest in the evenings and also like eating a relatively big meal an hour or so before bedtime.

So purpose of this thread? Simply intrigued to see how other people optimise the frequency of food they eat and reasons why they do it.

ChaoticReignPbt
10-25-2013, 06:31 AM
Typically 5 during the week. I just enjoy eating often and it works with my schedule. Weekend it's anywhere between 2 and 4 depending on if I end up going out for some crazy dinner or meal.

Mrpb
10-25-2013, 06:32 AM
Usually four when bulking, three when cutting.

If I would eat three when bulking the meals would be bigger than comfortable.

fade2green514
10-25-2013, 06:32 AM
i just eat 1 bite at a time, and each meal is spaced out 10 minutes throughout the day. so i eat about 96 one bite meals throughout the day. its the new fad and they say you need to in order to lose weight.

just kidding nobody cares it doesnt matter. lol

WonderPug
10-25-2013, 06:35 AM
Typically 2 or 3 meals per day, based on appetite and convenience.

shesprints
10-25-2013, 06:43 AM
3 meals and 2 snacks--too small to be called meals, really. Well, actually what happens is:

breakfast
workout
postworkout bite of something because I went too hard and am hypoglycemic aaah
lunch
work
snack
more work
dinner
more work
omg I'm still hungry what can I put together to hit the macros I missed while running back and forth between students? (Last night it was cantaloupe and goat cheese, don't knock it 'til you've tried it)

My schedule is sort of strange, though. As I'm a tutor, I'm out between 2 pm and about 9:30. It's great because I get the gym to myself midmorning and TDEE is high because I walk between students' homes (they're all in one basic area). It's less than optimal because sometimes I sort of have to have dinner 1/2 before a student and 1/2 after or something. I'm also a rather high-strung person with an ED history and hate making time for food, so I have the bad habit of finding myself with leftover macros to fill late at night. Because I'm also trying to increase running mileage and need the glycogen in my system, it's not the best situation, but I'm tweaking it.

magic15
10-25-2013, 06:50 AM
12-14 meals per day : the following are the times I eat for optimicious
6
630
8
845
9
915
1145
1
108
129
5
502
8
807
1116

Zantei
10-25-2013, 06:54 AM
3 main meals, lots of smaller ones - only been on this for about a month and working towards a full on bulk

Wakeup protein - 124 cals
Breakfast - 800 cals
Mid morning protein - 124 cals
Lunch - 800 cals
Post lunch protein - 124 cals
Dinner - 600/800 cals
post dinner protein - 124 cals

This is after a year of malnutrition (1800 cals a day and months at a time on zero carb). Lost all my weight (was obese at 100+kg) but am all about clean bulking now.

Foe1605
10-25-2013, 06:55 AM
No set schedule for me. Usually large breakfast and lunch w/ snacks thrown in between, then light dinner during the week. Weekends are high volume training days, so I tend to eat a lot more, usually consumed over three large meals.

WMLifting
10-25-2013, 06:56 AM
Anywhere from two to four. I only need ~2500 calories to gain weight so eating this in even two meals is easy. I tend to just eat lunch, early dinner, and something in the late evening. I don't like eating in the morning, and I don't like eating before I sleep.

EjnarKolinkar
10-25-2013, 07:00 AM
5@800 cals would be :)

4@800 is reality

3@800 is a diet. I skip the first meal so I can sleep without hunger.

I don't consciously target 800 but have found through tracking that my hunger dictates this ammount for best satiety. Although if sleep is becoming an issue I will switch to eating a snack later in the evening and be less happy with earlier meals which looks like 4 @ 600. These are generalizations. I am by nature hungrier in the evening. While I enjoy a morning meal, it's the easiest to reduce and not go bonkers.

MichielN
10-25-2013, 07:01 AM
4 (breakfast, 1 hour pre WO, dinner post WO, and before bed time).

When cutting I do IF, so generally 3 meals in a 6 to 8 hour window.

naturalguy
10-25-2013, 07:02 AM
3-4 whole food meals and 1-2 shakes per day. I do it because I find it easier/better for digestion this way.

momat94
10-25-2013, 07:02 AM
As many as I feel I need

StephSkywalker
10-25-2013, 07:12 AM
Anywhere between 3-6.. It all depends on how the day shakes out. Some days I may extra calories because my main meals weren't as calorie dense or just small overall, so I may throw another meal in if I'm still hungry later in the day

ShayS05
10-25-2013, 08:14 AM
3 Primary meals, 2 snacks. Sometimes 3 snacks.

WonderPug
10-25-2013, 08:16 AM
3-4 whole food meals and 1-2 shakes per day. I do it because I find it easier/better for digestion this way.It's interesting how often people who sell protein shakes, like you, say this.

dgrierms
10-25-2013, 08:23 AM
Four here for me (Was never fooled by the 6-8 small meals b*lls**t).

I have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a second dinner. Breakfast is usually reasonably heavy because I'm hungry first thing in the morning, I also have a light snack between then and lunch. Lunch is lighter, The first dinner is heavier than breakfast, and the second dinner is on par with the first dinner. The reason I have two dinners is because I'm at my most hungriest in the evenings and also like eating a relatively big meal an hour or so before bedtime.

So purpose of this thread? Simply intrigued to see how other people optimise the frequency of food they eat and reasons why they do it.

Five or six. I have a hard time eating a lot in one sitting. Also, I work a desk job and have the freedom to eat at my desk as much as I want. My meals are usually a big breakfast, snack, big lunch, snack, workout, big dinner, and another snack if I still have some calories to get.

Bema
10-25-2013, 08:23 AM
Typically 2 or 3 meals per day, based on appetite and convenience.

Same here.

StephSkywalker
10-25-2013, 08:35 AM
It's interesting how often people who sell protein shakes, like you, say this.

This again? Some people just like shakes Pug, not necessarily because he is a rep

cls91
10-25-2013, 08:43 AM
This again? Some people just like shakes Pug, not necessarily because he is a rep

I honestly don't see the hate for shakes...I understand theres no nutritional benefit and its marketed 'processed fast food'.

But its an extremely cheap (compared to other protein sources), quick, and easy way to get a decent portion of complete protein into your day. And its so few cal's that it shouldn't hinder anyone's ability to meet micro/fiber goals, assuming they have a decent diet overall and apply some common sense.

Every time I see someone mention a shake they get harassed, but with ice cream/pop tarts (some favorites here), which have significantly more calories, and significantly less essential macronutrients, its ok because IIFYM



^ saying that, I do like to use whey as a baking substitute, but I can't remember the last time I actually made a 'shake'.

APipeDream
10-25-2013, 08:51 AM
Typically 2 or 3 meals per day, based on appetite and convenience.


Same here.


Ditto

apierce1992
10-25-2013, 08:52 AM
Usually ends up as 2 meals and a snack somewhere. I like to get a meal after class at noonish, get a snack before work and then eat a meal during my break at work

WMLifting
10-25-2013, 08:53 AM
I honestly don't see the hate for shakes...I understand theres no nutritional benefit and its marketed 'processed fast food'.

But its an extremely cheap (compared to other protein sources), quick, and easy way to get a decent portion of complete protein into your day. And its so few cal's that it shouldn't hinder anyone's ability to meet micro/fiber goals, assuming they have a decent diet overall and apply some common sense.

Every time I see someone mention a shake they get harassed, but with ice cream/pop tarts (some favorites here), which have significantly more calories, and significantly less essential macronutrients, its ok because IIFYM



^ saying that, I do like to use whey as a baking substitute, but I can't remember the last time I actually made a 'shake'. I only advocate it for those looking who have dietary restrictions, know how to eat right, actually eat right, enjoy them, and don't use it as a main source of protein. I just hate seeing people say "oh just use 4 scoops a day and don't worry about protein intake". That's when I draw the line.

chemo29
10-25-2013, 08:54 AM
Honestly, I would eat all day if I could.

Why? Why not?

cls91
10-25-2013, 08:57 AM
I only advocate it for those looking who have dietary restrictions, know how to eat right, actually eat right, enjoy them, and don't use it as a main source of protein. I just hate seeing people say "oh just use 4 scoops a day and don't worry about protein intake". That's when I draw the line.


Exactly, which is why I said for people with a balanced diet and who apply some common sense.

But so many people post daily saying they either have money and/or time restrictions, so I personally don't see the recommendations of 100-150 cal from a scoop of whey to be the devil

I think that people jump to the conclusion that whey = garbage too quickly, and the actual benefits of the supplement are very rarely posted.

Credz
10-25-2013, 09:06 AM
During the week is usually 2 meals sometimes 3 but on the weekends normally 3.

Lombardment
10-25-2013, 09:18 AM
breakfast
lunch
second lunch
dinner
snack

dont believe in the 6-8 meals a day but because of work it goes this way, would much rather go eat a big ass breakfast and dinner then this. in the weekends i do 2 meals with some snacks

WMLifting
10-25-2013, 09:22 AM
Honestly, I would eat all day if I could.

Why? Why not?
Unendless stomach crew checking in!

Exactly, which is why I said for people with a balanced diet and who apply some common sense.

But so many people post daily saying they either have money and/or time restrictions, so I personally don't see the recommendations of 100-150 cal from a scoop of whey to be the devil

I think that people jump to the conclusion that whey = garbage too quickly, and the actual benefits of the supplement are very rarely posted.
Very agreeable. Plus it's cheap and high quality.

thepowerof140
10-25-2013, 09:32 AM
Wow, wasn't expecting so many replies! I've repped as many of you as I could until I was out!

Does anybody (non-bulkers) actually follow 8 meals or more?

tastan
10-25-2013, 10:18 AM
I always get my 6 to 7 meals a day. 6 typically on weekdays when I work, and 7 on weekends when I have more free time.

It might seem like a lot of meals, but your body adjusts to it and you can handle it better after some time.

What might help is keeping your meal portion sizes equivalent through out the day, so then your body can digest them at a nice efficient pace. My meals typically consist of whole foods, shake is sometimes part of the meal, but only if I want extra protein. I never just have a shake as a meal or a snack.

BdubW
10-25-2013, 10:21 AM
4 meals for me right now

I try to divide all 4 up equally between cals and macros works out well for me

CroatiaBrah
10-25-2013, 10:31 AM
2 meals, 3000 cal daily, IF...

pazzadean
10-25-2013, 10:35 AM
3 or 4 and a few snacks!

I could literally graze all day tho

thepowerof140
10-25-2013, 11:16 AM
2 meals, 3000 cal daily, IF...

Morning and Evening or both at night?

TearsOfIce
10-25-2013, 11:22 AM
7 times...3 main meals and 4 big "snacks"...I do it just cause I'm hungry every 2 hours lol

StephSkywalker
10-25-2013, 11:45 AM
7 times...3 main meals and 4 big "snacks"...I do it just cause I'm hungry every 2 hours lol

Likewise.. I'm thinking about my next meal before the meal I am eating is even finished..

JustinFish
10-25-2013, 12:03 PM
Roughly 5, Breakfast, Lunch Dinner. With 2 Bowls of porridge inbetween. Also a lot of snacks and 2 litres of milk a day

Gxp23
10-25-2013, 12:08 PM
As many as I need.

InItForFitness
10-25-2013, 12:11 PM
2 on training days and 3 on off days.

Training days I'm always much hungrier in the morning so my breakfast meal is usually 500-600 calories above what it is on rest days. Since I don't feel like having two smaller meals (leaving my self less satisfied), I just save the remaining calories and pack them all in during my final meal of the day.

Off days I'm less hungry so I tend to make meal size smaller and need the additional one to ensure I hit my targets.

Mdenatale
10-25-2013, 01:04 PM
42 - the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything!

PBateman2
10-25-2013, 01:05 PM
~4500 cals spread across 4 meals. Makes life easy.

patroclus32
10-25-2013, 01:15 PM
Three ideally. Sometimes if I get up very early four meals.

Former300lber
10-25-2013, 01:16 PM
I just graze all day long, no set meals, no set times, nothing, if I see something and I'm hungry, and wanna eat it, I'll eat it.

WMLifting
10-25-2013, 01:16 PM
~4500 cals spread across 4 meals. Makes life easy. Oh only if I could consume 3000 cals... sad day :'(

PBateman2
10-25-2013, 01:19 PM
Oh only if I could consume 3000 cals... sad day :'(

Your time will come:)....keep building.

Leadreign
10-25-2013, 02:50 PM
just kidding nobody cares it doesnt matter. lol

..I think OP does.

MikeWines
10-25-2013, 05:36 PM
4 Meals @ 3500 calls with at least 50g protein per meal.
Typically I like to structure it something like this:
breakfast: 6-700cals
lunch (usually PWO): 1200-1500cals
dinner: 6-700
2nd dinner: rest of macros left over 6-700cals

I like 4 instead of 3 b/c sometimes it get uncomfortable with how large the meals get due to eating lots of whole, satiating foods.

SK8BDR
10-25-2013, 05:45 PM
5 main meals. No diet, eat whatever I want. Biggest meals are breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner, and a late night meal around 12am. I have a hard time eating enough to maintain since I run 80-118mi per week. After races you can catch me at the buffets feasting!

-TheKingPin-
10-25-2013, 05:47 PM
1 x 4400 calories

Jax05
10-25-2013, 06:08 PM
As many as I need to...as long as I'm withing my calorie limit.

jbu22
10-25-2013, 06:40 PM
I do 16/8 IF so I eat 2 snacks & 2 meal during my 8 hours

KouRon
10-25-2013, 10:03 PM
Right now cutting : 4 meals

Bulking: 5 meals during week, 3-4 meals on weekend

CroatiaBrah
10-25-2013, 10:24 PM
Morning and Evening or both at night?

Evening and 5-7 pm :)

Kozlicek
10-26-2013, 02:47 AM
4-5 meals daily because I'm hungry.

AlwaysTryin
10-26-2013, 02:59 AM
What do you classify as a meal? Eating in one sitting? It one dish

thepowerof140
10-26-2013, 09:03 AM
What do you classify as a meal? Eating in one sitting? It one dish

Depends really on what you classify as a meal. I have one snack a day between breakfast and lunch, it's light so I don't class it as a meal.

AlwaysTryin
10-26-2013, 03:56 PM
Depends really on what you classify as a meal. I have one snack a day between breakfast and lunch, it's light so I don't class it as a meal.

Then I have one meal at night and two shakes during the afternoon

PBateman2
10-26-2013, 04:14 PM
1 x 4400 calories

Wut? LOL..SRS?

amm165
10-26-2013, 04:17 PM
Lol at saying 6-8 meals is "bull chit". I try and do it because it keeps me full and stops me from snacking on crap throughout the day. But it all depends on my calories and how busy I am.

PBateman2
10-26-2013, 04:39 PM
Lol at saying 6-8 meals is "bull chit". I try and do it because it keeps me full and stops me from snacking on crap throughout the day. But it all depends on my calories and how busy I am.

Who said it was bullshyt? Cause that's not correct either.

-TheKingPin-
10-26-2013, 04:53 PM
Wut? LOL..SRS?

Spread out over 2hrs whilst watching current tv series of interest.

Makes it so easy to eat alot... If I actually sat down to eat without anything to watch I could only eat like 2000 calories max.

TaylorBreh
10-26-2013, 05:38 PM
As many as I need to keep me satisfied.

Dre4
10-26-2013, 06:05 PM
Usually 1, 3.1K. Don't get hungry till the evening.

mh22
10-26-2013, 08:30 PM
2 meals a day, 1st is usually around 2k cals, 2nd around 1k cals.