6 meals a day... can 5 be ok?

  • Hello Everyone,

    I just started BFL today and was doing the meal time count in my head... Hmmm,  I wake up at 8 am (on cardio days I work out at home) eat breakfast at 9 am then counting 3 hours 5 more times after that... 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, FINALLY Midnight!?!  I don't think that I should be eating at midnight, there is a good chance I would even be sleeping at that time. 

    Any thoughts or idea's on what I should do here?


    April Moiso :)

  • There will be days you will be awake earlier I am sure, days (esp heavy strength days) you will want to eat in 2 hours. 6 meals IS important to keep insulin levels steady and not spiking. Give it a chance - you need to do the program and you will understand quickly the meaning of food/fuel. If you are working out hard, you need that constant supply, even when sleeping. Eating less will only keep your body in conservation mode.

    The program works the way it is written. I remember wanting to tweak it to fit ME in the beginning. It didnt work....read the book and follow it. It is by doing that, you will get optimum results.

  • I have just bought the book and started right away, so I am reading as I go.  I don't have a lot of time between my 4 yr old daughter, school and work to read everything at one sitting.  

    I used to work in a gym about 10 years ago and saw first hand the results of BLF.  The only thing is waking up at 8 am IS early for me.  I sometimes work until 3:30 in the morning at my job and I am TRYING to keep a "normal" sleep pattern when I can, but with my hours 8 am is probably about the earliest.

    I really don't mind eating 6 times a day (I love food ^_^)  but isn't eating at midnight pretty bad for you?  can I cut down the hours to 2 or 2.5 in between? I am not seeing anything on this.

    Thank-you so very much for all of your help!! :-)

  • There is no problem with eating every 2-2.5 hours instead of 3. I believe the BFL book actually does not say, "It must be 3 hours between meals." I have completed one challenge so far and I rarely pushed it to 3 hours between meals. I saw huge results (40 lbs lost and a lot of muscle gain - and I like say this is without supplements other than protein powder). The reason I mention this is to show the results that can be seen. That being said I always ate my 6 PORTION SIZED meals each day. As was stated earlier this is what is important not that you get exactly 3 hours between meals.

    My first meal is around 9 am and my last meal is around 9:30. This is every 2.5 hours and works really good for me. I also notice that if I go much longer than this I start to get hungry (even eating the correct portion sizes) and getting hungry is not a good thing because it can lead to overeating and eating BAD foods.

    Hope this helps. Good Luck!

  • As long as you are eating between 2-3 hours apart, you all are fine with your meals.  You can make it every 2 hours if you need to.  I personally eat every 3 hours because my day starts very early and it works with my commute to and from work.  You can adjust as you need to but be sure you are eating anywhere between 2-3 hours.

    Hope this helps.

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!

  • my first meal is rarely before 8 and my last meal is at 8:30 pm.   many times, i'm ready for a meal at the 2 hour mark.  there are some days i only get in 5 meals, but those are exceptions, not the rule.  

  • Mz April the beauty of BFL is it doesn't really mattter if you eat late or not.  As long as you are on a "normal" schedule for you, it's not a problem.  The point of eating 6 meals a day 2-3 hours apart is to help keep your metabolism going.  There are plenty of people doing BFL who work either the mid-shift or graveyard shift.  You just need to sit down and look at your routine to spread the 6 meals out for your waking hours. 

    This was posted back on January 3, 2010 by BFLMike"The simplest thing for shift workers is to just do the workouts (cardio and weight training) as soon as you wake up.  That way you are always doing the training at a time [that]...works best for fat burning."

    Following his advice, you would start your eating schedule accordingly which is 1 hour after cardio and within 30 minutes of weight training.

    Hope that helps.

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!

  • six meals a day is the ideal. The problem here is actually that the meals were scheduled too far apart. The meals should be really small, palm sized protein and fist sized carb, and if that's all you eat, then you should be ready to eat again in 2.5 hours. If you do the meals 2.5 hours apart, that will manage your time better.  If the meals were four hours apart, there wouldn't be any time for sleeping!  When the meals are three hours apart, it crowds that aspect of your life!

  • I was only eating 5 meals on most days.  I will tell you that I saw very little progress until I started adding in that 6th meal.  Sometimes I don't get it until 10:00 (11:00 last night) but I make sure to fit it in before bed.  It has made a big difference.

    In the beginning weeks I didn't get too hungry and could go 3 hours easily between meals.  I'm in week 10 and I am hungry by 2 hours and ready to kill for food by 2.5!

  • Sharon---you wrote:

    Following his advice, you would start your eating schedule accordingly which is 1 hour after cardio and within 30 minutes of weight training.

    This is new to me...(as am I!!) you should eat within 30 min of weight training? No need to wait 1 hour, as on cardio days?


  • jaja, yes, that has been the standard.  You may want to call the folks at EAS for clarification. 

    I saw this post (http://bodyforlife.com/community/boards/bfl/f/16/t/556.aspxwhich says different BUT then I saw the below info in the FAQ's area of the Library of this website.  I suggest you call the 800 number for clarification (1-800-297-9776).

    "Do I need to eat something before I work out and after?
    It depends on your goal. If your goal is to lose fat and gain muscle, we do not recommend eating before for at least an hour before your cardio workout, although some people find that eating half a nutrition bar or a piece of fruit gives them the energy they need to make it through an intense cardio workout. You’ll find out what works best for you. When it comes to post-workout nutrition, eating a nutrition shake or bar after a weight-training workout is very important for muscle recovery and muscle growth. After your cardio workout, you should try to consume a balanced whole-food meal or nutrition bar or shake about an hour after you finish. If your goals are performance- or sport-specific, you might want to try our Myoplex® brand of products, which are geared toward the more serious athlete."

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  • Hi April.  I've been living a BFL lifestyle for over 10 years now.  I usually eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hrs and I only take in 5 meals a day.  I dont like to eat late and since I go to bed early to make it to the gym at 5am every day, I never did get in a 6th meal :)

  • I guess its all a personal choice, how it works with your schedule and what you are willing to do to get what you want.  I always have my last meal at 9 p.m. (usually cottage cheese) and then I go right to bed.  I've been doing that for 1 year and 5 months.  I've not had any adverse anything by doing that.  In fact, I can feel the difference sometimes in my body when I wake up as I get closer to each week 12.  I don't know that everyone will have that experience but I have.

    Love you some you...PERSEVERE!

  • Thank-you so much everyone!!!

    I know so much more about this now and I think that I am going to just eat my meals a little closer together.  I decided to start tomorrow as I didn't have a camera to take my before pics and I had to miss two days last week (due to fasting for doctors appts).  But I got my supplements and my shakes and I am READY TO GO!!! :-)

  • So I just called the 1800 number for EAS... They told me that you SHOULD have something with in a half hour post weight training... Preferably a shake!  To help repair your muscles faster.  I hope this helps everyone! :-)