Skipping Meals?

  • tautomer

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    Jul 24, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
    Simply put, I don't like eating. It's partly from habit. Up until I started working out 2 months ago, I had not voluntarily, eaten breakfast since I was around 13. Sleep was my priority over eating, and both were at the bottom of the list. I got very used to it. It's not that I don't like food, I do. It's just, eating always feels like a chore and there are other things I'd rather do. Eating 3 meals a day is such a royal pain in the ass to me (I miss eating just once a day). I do it though.

    I try to eat around 2500-3000 calories a day to gain weight with what I do at the gym, and I am pretty good at doing that. On the weekends though, I let myself rest so I don't overtrain. The thing is though, I'd really really like to rest with the eating as well. I did today at least (HUGE dinner, that's it). I don't know if this will cut into my gains a lot though. I've been skipping meals on the weekends for the past few weekends. While my gains are a bit slower then they were in the beginning, I am still gaining. Also note I skip the protien shakes too. Typically I have 60g in protein shakes a day.

    So, is it really bad for me to do this, the whole skipping meals on the weekend? I just want to take a break from eating so much. It doesn't make me physically feel any bettter (I am healthy), but it mentally does, a lot. My body is just wired to not need a lot of food. Before I started working out, I only ate 1500 cal's a day (at best). I obviously was very thin, but I was healthy according to the doctor. However, I realise that little amount is just really really bad in the long term so I stopped. I did notice it effected my mental health.

    Thoughts, opinions? Thanks! icon_smile.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 24, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    Skipping meals and calories will probably hamper your workouts and any gains you might make,both carbohydrates and proteins.But as long as you keep to your quoted average of twenty five hundred/three thousand calories a day,missing one day probably won`t harm your exercising greatly.A long term shortage is more of a problem as it will lower your metabolic rate,making fat gain more likely;any lack of protein will make muscle growth very difficult as body muscle needs a certain minimum amount to grow (with training.)
    Do you have any idea why you feel this way?Stress from work,study,etc.?I tend to lose my appetite in the winter through mild depression due to the short daylight hours,but it returns in the spring.
    I hope this has been of some help to you.
  • tautomer

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    Jul 24, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    Thanks. I'll try to just keep it to one day.

    Lack of wanting to eat really honestly just has to do with just not wanting to. There's no reason other then I'm simply not used to the high volume of food, and by body was used to an old pattern for years. Mentally I am in a really good place right now so it is not coming from that either.
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    Nov 29, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    tautomer4314 saidSimply put, I don't like eating. It's partly from habit. Up until I started working out 2 months ago, I had not voluntarily, eaten breakfast since I was around 13. Sleep was my priority over eating, and both were at the bottom of the list. I got very used to it. It's not that I don't like food, I do. It's just, eating always feels like a chore and there are other things I'd rather do. Eating 3 meals a day is such a royal pain in the ass to me (I miss eating just once a day). I do it though.

    I try to eat around 2500-3000 calories a day to gain weight with what I do at the gym, and I am pretty good at doing that. On the weekends though, I let myself rest so I don't overtrain. The thing is though, I'd really really like to rest with the eating as well. I did today at least (HUGE dinner, that's it). I don't know if this will cut into my gains a lot though. I've been skipping meals on the weekends for the past few weekends. While my gains are a bit slower then they were in the beginning, I am still gaining. Also note I skip the protien shakes too. Typically I have 60g in protein shakes a day.

    So, is it really bad for me to do this, the whole skipping meals on the weekend? I just want to take a break from eating so much. It doesn't make me physically feel any bettter (I am healthy), but it mentally does, a lot. My body is just wired to not need a lot of food. Before I started working out, I only ate 1500 cal's a day (at best). I obviously was very thin, but I was healthy according to the doctor. However, I realise that little amount is just really really bad in the long term so I stopped. I did notice it effected my mental health.

    Thoughts, opinions? Thanks! icon_smile.gif


    This is so exactly like my own situation it's just creepy....
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    Nov 29, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    i think you will do fine skipping one day...but,if you want to get really huge...you need to eat 6 small meals a day....by small i mean like 1 cup of oatmeal..1 egg...1/2 glass of juice for breakfast type thing...but if you are going for the lean and muscular look...your 3 meals daily..with one off..should be good.
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    Nov 29, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    Don't skip a meal. If you don't feel like eating solid food, at least drink a protein shake or a couple of glasses of milk.
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    Nov 29, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Intermittent fasting:

    http://www.leangains.com/

    http://thesameffect.com/my-experiences-with-intermittent-fasting/

    You might be a candidate. The "eat constantly" thing is a ruse designed to sell supplements.
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    Nov 29, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    Yep, that "eat all day" stuff is bull. Food intake is relative to your daily activities. The meal replacement industry lives by this style of eating since it allows them to sell protein with some sugar and cheap vitamins for 10x cost.