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How often do you have to eat to keep your metabolism up?


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If I want to eat less than 1500 calories a day, how often should I be eating? And what exactly counts as "eating?" Does eating a handful of groups count as eating? Or does the portion have to be a certain size? What if my metabolism were to slow? I would gain weight? Also, how do I know how many calories I should eat to keep my body from going into starvation mode?

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What are your stats? That's going to help answer your last question.

As for how often to eat, do what works best for you. If you eat 3 larger meals a day, your metabolism will have 3 larger spikes. If you eat 6 smaller meals, you'll have 6 smaller spikes - don't do something extreme and only eat once a day, but just do what allows you to get balanced meals, feel satisfied, and not reach the "I'm so hungry I'd eat anything" stage, because that's when people tend to make bad choices.

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I'm seventeen years old, male, 5'8.3, 126 pounds. I exercise perhaps 2-3 times a week. I only exercise really when I feel I've eaten too much, though. It's like a compensatory thing.

What are your goals? You are posting in weight loss, but based on your stats, I would think Weight Gain would be more appropriate for you.

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My goals are to maintain, actually.

If you are trying to maintain, why are you worried about just eating enough to avoid starvation mode? People who are maintaining eat as much as they burn.

The bare minimum, for weight loss, for a sedentary teenage boy is 1800.

So eating under 1500 would be dramatically undereating, and would in no way allow you to maintain your currently low weight.

The tools on CC are not appropriate for people under 21. If you put your stats into this calculator: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/healthyeatingcalculat or/eatingCal.html, you will see that if you have a low activity level, you are burning 2500 calories per day. That's how much you should be eating, and more if you are exercising more.

I find that it's simply easier to go by your body clock, so when you feel hungry, you should eat.

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Jul 14 2010 00:29
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As long as you're getting all the calories/nutrients your body needs each day, meal timing doesn't matter.

 

If eating smaller meals throughout the day works best for you, do it.  Same with eating 2 or 3 large meals.

think of metabolism as like a bonfire if the fire is slowly burning its going to store more of what your eating if the fire is fast burning its using that food as energy more than its storing.

portions is always best when your eating. but i think eating 3 meals a day is going to keep your metabolism a bit slower but if your eating 5-6 mini meals every 2-3 hours your body wont go into starvation mode cuz your metabolism is constantly going. which is a good thing :] as far as portions go it really varys on how many calories you need. for example...

meats you should eat 3-5 ounces like chicken, tuna, turkey meat

fruits like grapfruit should be cut in 1/2 or chopped watermelon like 1 cup

vegetables should be like 1 cup or 1 cup 1/2

grains like rice like 1/2 cup varying on what kind

i mean if you mix and match your meals you wont go into starvation mode if you eat very 2-3 hours. :]

i hope this helped give you a general outlook. good luck - gina

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Jul 14 2010 20:31
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Original Post by ginamaria08:

think of metabolism as like a bonfire if the fire is slowly burning its going to store more of what your eating if the fire is fast burning its using that food as energy more than its storing.

portions is always best when your eating. but i think eating 3 meals a day is going to keep your metabolism a bit slower but if your eating 5-6 mini meals every 2-3 hours your body wont go into starvation mode cuz your metabolism is constantly going. which is a good thing :] as far as portions go it really varys on how many calories you need. for example...

meats you should eat 3-5 ounces like chicken, tuna, turkey meat

fruits like grapfruit should be cut in 1/2 or chopped watermelon like 1 cup

vegetables should be like 1 cup or 1 cup 1/2

grains like rice like 1/2 cup varying on what kind

i mean if you mix and match your meals you wont go into starvation mode if you eat very 2-3 hours. :]

i hope this helped give you a general outlook. good luck - gina

Eating 6 meals a day won't have a noticeable effect on your metabolism, but it might help you feel more satiated.  At the end of the day, total calories is by far the most important thing.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/health/23re ally.html?_r=1&src=twt&twt=nytimeshea lth

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