According to that article, if I only get 1500 calories in during the day, it's totally fine to eat a 1000 calorie meal at night JUST to hit my calorie needs..LOL. Yeah, ok then.
We should do a study. I'll get a couple people going on eating meals spaced out during the day, you get a couple people eating whenever whether its at 10 at night or 5 in the morning. We'll see which group produces results. I agree that being on a strict, forced timed schedule to the point you're bringing containers of food to outings with friends or whatnot is stupid and not needed. But I disagree with that no general spacing is required. For myself, personally, the proof is in the pudding, or the weight loss I should say, that spacing out meals works. Friends and family of mine have been trying for years and spent hundreds on supplements to lose weight and they do what that article says, they eat fine and not fast food or processed foods, but they'll eat too much at night or not enough during the day or not enough for breakfast and it hasn't worked. In fact, everyone I know including two friends who are olympic weight lifters, well junior olympic anyways since they're not on Canada's olympic team, who have a nice body and are very athletic eat meals around the same time every day.
If your maintenance was 3,000 calories then having a 1,000 calorie meal to make it 2,500 calories (Putting you at a -500 calorie deficit) Then ya, that is exactly what the article said and is right....
No, it's ok...I tried to help the OP out, He can choose to follow whatever he wants, but it's calories in vs. calories out. Meal timing is so irrelevant, but it worked for you...I was just trying to say it's not necessary to spread out meal timings.
Also, i'm assuming your friends or family members don't count the calories or weigh the food? Most people are so surprised at how many calories they were actually consuming when they started counting, I know I was amazed when I realized what I was eating before. So I can understand why, if they had small meals then over ate at night (Without counting calories) then ya, they would over eat. Had they counted calories and alotted a certain amount per meal but still kept themselves in a deficit, they would lose fat...if not, then they were miscalculating or they defy the laws of thermo-dynamics
We can agree to disagree
I'm just happy to see people wanting to change their lives!
Edited by diesel_3, 28 May 2012 - 06:14 PM.