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    What is better for people with insulin resistance: 6 small meals or 3 large meals?

    I see conflicting opinions about this online. What is better for people with insulin resistance: 6 small meals or 3 large meals?

    Assuming they eat the same macros.
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    I would say 6 meals. Keeps your insulin levels stabil.
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    Originally Posted by Siobahn View Post
    I would say 6 meals. Keeps your insulin levels stabil.
    As above, keep insulin levels stable most of the time to avoid hypogylcemia. Doesn't have to be specifically six meals, but eat as many meals as you want, which you are comfortable with, but slightly frequently according to your preference.
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    Originally Posted by vimalancity View Post
    As above, keep insulin levels stable most of the time to avoid hypogylcemia. Doesn't have to be specifically six meals, but eat as many meals as you want, which you are comfortable with, but slightly frequently according to your preference.
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    Mrpb, are you diabetic? If you are, what type of?
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    Originally Posted by Siobahn View Post
    Mrpb, are you diabetic? If you are, what type of?
    As far as I know I'm not diabetic (last time checked two years ago). I generally feel healthy and I'm never overweight. But I may have some level of insulin resistance.

    I had two experiences that made me investigate:
    1. On 3 days Keto diet I noticed that my vision became very sharp.
    2. On normal diet I noticed once that after I had a large meal (1000 kcal with lots of simple carbs) it affected my vision negatively. Upon Googling I found that this can be caused by large insulin spikes.

    I aslo started this thread about it: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showth...hp?t=154930523

    so now I'm investigating how to eat to keep insulin in check. More frequent smaller meals seems to be a good idea.
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    I'll go with less frequent meals

    Just some food for thought I guess:

    http://www.leangains.com/2011/01/bet...ower-meal.html
    http://www.leangains.com/2010/09/fas...nsitivity.html

    I was actually going to write a bit about it, but I'm too tired right now so I'll just link those and leave it at that lol

    One other thing to note: as the first link even says, it really is difficult to find studies that are actually pertinent to us in regards to insulin sensitivity & meal frequency.. one that that seems consistent is that sporadic meals (ie, few days eating 2 meals, then a few days eating 8 meals, let's say) has no say on insulin sensitivity.
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    Meal composition is likely vastly more relevant, especially when viewed over a protracted period of time, with nutritional ketosis being perhaps the best dietary intervention.
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