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Three Meals A Day

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Ashleysh22

    I LOVE this post! I tend to eat like you. separating out snacks and meals. If I don’t plan my snacks, I absolutely end up at a vending machine. But I tend to get hungry pretty frequently – and dizzy/cranky when I don’t have food. Thanks for researching this and sharing your insight!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Ashley! Glad you liked it. I’m with you, I get hungry frequently and that can lead to shakiness and dizziness if I’m not careful.

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I agree that people need to figure out what works best for them! I know some people that eat two huge meals a day, and that’s it. They like it that way. There is NO WAY that would work for me! I do much better with eating multiple times throughout the day. In fact, my daily meals look a lot like yours. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Exactly. That would definitely not work for me but sometimes I do have those days where I skip snacks because I don’t need them.

  3. Roz@weightingfor50

    For me, I plan a snack mid morning and mid afternoon, but don’t snack after dinner. I guess there is no right or wrong, you just have to do what is right for you.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s good you don’t get the late night munchies!

  4. Biz

    I would love to eat smaller meals during the day, but since I have to take insulin every time I eat, plus a shot at night – that could be 7 shots in one day – ouch!

    So I normally stick to my 3 meals a day – each around 500 calories and hope for the best. That’s not to say I don’t indulge (um, hello chicken fingers and deep dish pizza I ate this past weekend!), but 3 square a day usually works for me.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I did not know that, Biz! Thanks for letting us know. It can definitely depend on medical issues and everyone is different for sure.

  5. I ❤ 2 Eat

    I typically eat 3 meals a day, but not all the time. When I remember to take some nuts with me to work and have some in the morning, and some in the afternoon, it always helps to keep me feeling full by the time it’s dinner time. I’ve been trying to make fruit my dessert, as much as possible, as much have something sweet after dinner!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I understand. I need something sweet after dinner, too. Frozen grapes are a good substitute. Have you tried that for dessert?

  6. scarlet

    I was formerly a two meal person (pre-weightloss), but now I am definitely a three meal plus snacks person. I usually eat six times: breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, afternoon/preworkout snack, recovery snack or smoothie, light dinner (about an hour after recovery snack or smoothie). I dont usually eat dessert, but after dinner i usually drink a couple cups of unsweetened ginger, chai or herbal tea. Since I learned how to eat intuitively, three bigger meals a day is now too much food at once for me and I wind upfeeling overstuffed and fatigued.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      You make a good point I forgot to add. I can’t eat huge portions anymore either. If I eat too much I just feel gross. Yesterday we went out to breakfast and mine was huge (scrambled eggs, potatoes, toast). I ate like 75% of it and was still so full I didn’t eat until dinner at 7!!

  7. Jess

    I’m a snack person. I have a 400 cal breakfast, 400 cal dinner, then instead of having lunch I have 3 larger (200-300 cal) snacks at 11, 1 and 3.30. That leaves me room for some chocolate for dessert! You really have to find what works for you, because everyone is different!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It sounds like you and I are pretty similar!

  8. Michelle Lincoln-King

    I feel like you all and I’ve tried every diet going over many many years but just recently I decided to just go by my gut instinct and eat three meals a day with no snacks in between, as was the normal routine when I was a child and it’s working very well for me at last! I’m losing weight naturally without counting calories or restricting certain foods, but I seem to eat well and nourishing foods without thinking about it. So at last I’m listening to my body instead of all the conflicting advice which does my head in! I’m relaxed about food now and can think about other day to day things instead

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