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Barcelona
06-19-2009, 02:15 PM
Before I get to into this, I want to let anyone that's reading this know that I did go to see a doctor and I'm currently waiting to see a specialist.

Basically, I just need to know if I can still gain muscle mass by eating only 3 times a day compared to 6. Last summer I was eating about 6 times a day and drinking a ton of water, my body was able to take all of it in. I got up to 180lbs from 160, and now I'm back at 165.

The reason for the weight loss is that I have a pain on the left side of my stomach and also a major heartburn like sensation when I eat too much. I can only eat and drink in small quantities.

Now I'm going to try my hardest to gain back that weight in muscle but I know it's going to be very difficult with my new diet.

Does anyone know if it can be done?

Holto
06-19-2009, 03:15 PM
It absolutely can be done. Be sure to get some good fats, fiber and some slow digesting protein and you'll be ace.

& if the allopathic Dr's you're going to see can't help you be sure to see a natural one...

Barcelona
06-19-2009, 08:08 PM
I was under the impression that I had to eat a lot in order to feed my muscles throughout the day and after a good workout.

Only eating three meals a day compared to 5 or 6 doesnt help my energy level either. i.e. I use to be able to do 3 sets of 15 reps in pull-ups and dips now I can barely do 3 sets of 10 (last one usually being like 8)

Barcelona
06-19-2009, 08:11 PM
One more thing, I think all the peanut butter I was eating really messed me up. I use to put at least a tablespoon into my post workout shake at night then go straight to bed. Now I can't even eat pb anymore. (it was natty pb)

vdizenzo
06-19-2009, 09:15 PM
Just do the best you can until you get final word from the dr. Keep us informed and we'll help then. Everything we'd offer would be a guess for right now.

Skalami
06-20-2009, 07:51 AM
For years many people made great gains eating 3 times a day. Eating 6 times is just one more thing people do to speed things up its not neccassary. But if possible maybe eat your normal meals but add the protein sup, just use a half cup of apple juice or sugar free juice and stir in the protein powder so its just like taking a shot. Wont fill you up you'll hardly notice it.

Barcelona
06-23-2009, 10:47 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys, it definitely helps keep me motivated.

I'm waiting for my health insurance to kick in, just got a new job, and then I'll be seeing some more doctors to get to the bottom of this situation I'm in.

michaelz45
06-23-2009, 10:48 PM
good luck with your situation!

Holto
06-24-2009, 10:56 AM
If you're eating the same diet in 3 meals VS 6 meals, I'm not aware of any reason why your gains wouldn't be as good.

VikingWarlord
06-24-2009, 12:00 PM
If you're eating the same diet in 3 meals VS 6 meals, I'm not aware of any reason why your gains wouldn't be as good.

I wish there was a way to kill that stupid ****ing myth...I know you do too.

Barcelona
06-26-2009, 01:09 PM
what's the stupid myth?

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
06-26-2009, 01:39 PM
what's the stupid myth?
That eating more meals a day has any significant effect on metabolism (it doesn't). If you spread your calories out over the day in 6 meals instead of 3, it's not because you're trying to boost your metabolism, it's purely for personal preference concerning your comfort level and state of mind. I feel better spreading out my calories during the day anyway, especially during a bulk. Your body doesn't care whether you eat 3 meals or 10 meals. As long as you're hitting your caloric needs for the day, you're fine. If you want to get into micro-management, it isn't really relevant until you're at the point in your training career where the small details begin to matter.

Skalami
06-27-2009, 06:55 AM
i know its supposed to all be about cals in/cals out but if you have one or two big meals vs 6 doesnt your system get ramped up immediatly post meal following digestion then the rest of the hours to the next meal your a bit more sluggish? your system is slowed down internally. I myself typically eat about 4-5 meals a day.

VikingWarlord
06-27-2009, 07:56 AM
I don't understand what you're asking. What do you mean by "doesn't your system get ramped up"?

After a meal, your blood supply builds up in your digestive tract so it's less available to other parts of you. During a controlled fast, I find that I'm far more awake, alert, and energetic than after I eat. A lot of people report similar effects.

Barcelona
06-30-2009, 06:17 PM
That eating more meals a day has any significant effect on metabolism (it doesn't). If you spread your calories out over the day in 6 meals instead of 3, it's not because you're trying to boost your metabolism, it's purely for personal preference concerning your comfort level and state of mind. I feel better spreading out my calories during the day anyway, especially during a bulk. Your body doesn't care whether you eat 3 meals or 10 meals. As long as you're hitting your caloric needs for the day, you're fine. If you want to get into micro-management, it isn't really relevant until you're at the point in your training career where the small details begin to matter.

How do I know how many calories I need per day?