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Old 04-12-2016, 05:33 AM   #21
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I eat when I'm hungry, and quit when I'm full. No special schedules are involved.

I would not enjoy having rules for when I eat. To me, it makes eating sound like taking medicine. What if I got hungry, but it wasn't time to eat? I realize some rules may become necessary when something gets out of whack with the body.

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Does anybody practice the 'wait 12 hours between dinner and breakfast before eating again' rule?

I have read about this but so far haven't seen any science behind it. It's supposed to improve blood lipid levels and burn some additional fat. I guess if it keeps one from snacking on junk food after dinner that is a small help.
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But what about 2nd breakfast?
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I do it, but didn't know I do it.
+1 I usually have dinner 6PM and breakfast 6AM. Not for the 12 hours, it's just when I want to eat.
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Does anybody practice the 'wait 12 hours between dinner and breakfast before eating again' rule?

I have read about this but so far haven't seen any science behind it. It's supposed to improve blood lipid levels and burn some additional fat. I guess if it keeps one from snacking on junk food after dinner that is a small help.
It's called "intermittent fasting". Google it, there's a guy that has a great website about it with lots of scientific studies to back it up. You decide. Basically, you eat all your meals in an 8 hour duration, so in this case it's actually a 16 hour fast. You could probably do a 12 hour fast as well. Will you lose weight? Sure, you're basically limiting all snacking . You can choose you're hours to eat, but a typical person would go 10-6pm. So you don't eat your first meal till 10am. So much for breakfast is the most important meal. He has science to back that up,too.

I've done it, and I like it. You'd think not eating breakfast would be bad, but it's not at all. I find I don't get hungry till noon most days,and don't feel any energy drop. Is it a panacea? Probably not, but might be worth a try.
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Most of the studies I've seen suggest that frequent small meals are better, at least in terms of managing blood sugar, than three larger meals. I think the "three squares a day" largely arose out of convenience for the common work schedule, not necessarily because it was the best way to eat. Having something like 6 "mini meals" a day, perhaps 300-400 calories each, may help prevent some of the sluggishness that can come with blood sugar spikes and crashes induced by larger meals.

That said, I know very few people who really do eat that way. But the nutrition science behind it does make some sense to me, especially for diabetics and pre-diabetics.
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