So I've been really pushing to hit 6 meals a day instead of 3. I have the weekends covered, but the work week is a little more difficult. What could one typically eat for the 2 other meals during the work day? I have breakfast and lunch covered, but I want to squeeze in 2 more meals. I've been eating things like fruit just to keep metabolism up, but since there is no real protein in fruit I see this as a problem. Any recommendations for cheaper food items that can be used?
P.S. I took CT's advice on the cottage cheese. Even though it takes like crap, it does pack 16g protein per 1/2 cup.
Exactly..there's no rule that says you must have 6 meals a day. To the OP: Why are you so dead set on getting 6 meals...why do you not just fulfill your calories and macro goals with less meal frequency?
..seems like a no brainer to me.
Do you believe that your muscles will stop growing, or worse..waste away if you go 3 hours without food? They won't..
The point is, after 3 hours our body goes into a "mode" that when we eat it stores more fat because the meals are more spaced out. I read that on this website. The goal is by eatng every 2-3 hrs you keep your metabolism "normal."
Man can people really still believe this 6meals a day shit. I dont understand. Somebody explain this
You can eat one meal a day and as long as it hits your caloric intake that matches your goals you will be able make those goals happen given the correct amount of time. There is no reason to eat 6 times a day and it can be harmful even. Read TC's spill about this.
"Never skip a meal to "save calories." In doing so you're more likely to overeat later in the day. One of the worst things you can do is to go for prolonged periods of time without eating. You should eat to prevent hunger, not because you're hungry. Even if you're not hungry and it's been three hours, eat something. A protein shake with a handful of mixed nuts would suffice. "
Focusing on "6 meals a day" is how I got big. When you are really skinny, you need to force those calories in a way that someone who did not start out that way with that fast a metabolism can't understand.
Arguing about whether specifically "6 meals a day" is needed is a wast of time.
No, you don't NEED 6 meals a day....but it isn't like that strategy didn't help a shitload of guys get really big over the last 50 years or so..
Eh, the "science" behind needing to eat 6 meals has been disproven. I personally do it because it's just easiest to get my calories in if I spread out my meals. But if you can hit your macro goals in 3 meals there's no reason not to eat that way.
edit - if you still want to do it, I personally make all my protein shakes when I get home from work and put them in the fridge for the next day. Takes 10mins.
Thing is, if someone needs 250-300mg of protein a day, then 6 meals - with 50mg of protein per sitting = 300 grams od protein - seems the way to go for me, especially as it would be hard for the body to take/digest more than 50gms of protein a day at any one time, or am I wrong?