3 Darebee meals v. 5 or 6 for other plans

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    3 Darebee meals v. 5 or 6 for other plans

    The Darebee meal plans I have looked at all seem to be based on 3 meals per day. While all the other meal planning, and nutritionist, recommend 5 or 6 small meals or 3 meals and 2 snacks. Of course I look at it for weight loss and not muscle building. That may be the difference. So, my question is, why 3 meals and not 5 or 6?

    #2
    As for me, my dietician recommends 1 high protein meal, and 2-4 high protein snacks or meal replacement bars/shakes. Spaced 3 hours apart. Main meal suggested to be in the evening.
    so I’m following that. Not sure why darebee plans don’t recommend snacking. Might be because grazing throughout the day is not really good for insulin resistance. But if you have a lot of weight to lose, might be better to spread smaller meals/snacks throughout the day so you don’t feel hungry. Also because we can only absorb so much protein at a time. (If you’re on a high protein diet)

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      #3
      Darbee plans (at least the weight loss ones) seem to be about cutting calories without counting them. They are designed around having to only take a few small measurements (oz of protein or cup/handful of veg etc) to get a reasonable portion size. If you are having 4+ meals/snacks a day while trying to cut cals, you really need to accurately portion/measure them to not accidentally eat more then intended. 50 extra cals bc you didn't measure something properly 3 times a day is 150 cals. 5 times is 250 which takes a bigger bite out of your deficit...

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        #4
        Hi RockNTennessee!

        Typically nutritionists have to break things down into a pretty straight foward plan so the "average Joe" who doesn't really understand about nutrition can follow it and get some results.
        However, there are plenty other ways to diet that work just as fine (or even better).
        The key here is to understand that you'll lose weight or gain weight based on how much calories you eat vs how much calories your body spends on a daily basis.
        You can eat 8 meals or 2 meals or whatever number of meals that it won't matter that much in the end.
        Just find something that works for you and that you can keep doing in the long run.
        The most important thing that you need to know if you want to lose weight is that you need to eat less calories than your body spends.
        I recommend that you read this article to learn more about this subject.
        I personally eat 2 big meals a day (lunch and dinner) and 1 post workout protein shake within an eating window of 8 hours and then fast for 16 hours and It's working just fine!

        ~Rui

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          #5
          Originally posted by Hedwiga View Post
          Also because we can only absorb so much protein at a time. (If you’re on a high protein diet)
          Jeff has another opinion on this topic...
          https://youtu.be/4JE-wdA3PHw

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            #6
            Thanks for all he replies.

            One explanation I have both read and heard from a dietitian for the many small meals is to eat before you feel hunger. Seems there is some evidence that hunger, even mild hunger, triggers the body into anti-starvation mode by storing extra energy in the form of fat. The multiple meals during the day helps prevent this. That way you are not partially defeating your weight loss effort even though you are counting calories.

            IDK, but that kind of makes sense to me, and it worked for me to lose 50# over 7 months. Just watched the balance of proteins, carbs and fats and kept the calorie count close to the basal metabolic rate needs. Add in 30 minutes of brisk walks daily and resistance training 3x per week.

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              #7
              Originally posted by HellYeah View Post
              Jeff has another opinion on this topic...
              https://youtu.be/4JE-wdA3PHw
              Ok well it’s what my doctors told me, including dietitians

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