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Hack my schedule: But what if I'm not hungry?

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Created January 03, 2012 at 6:54 PM

So, I decided to schedule myself. I work four 10-hour shifts a week and found myself starving by the time I got off work. I am trying to follow Jack Kruse's schedule. Eat within 30 minutes of waking (6:30) and then every six hours with the last meal at 6:30pm and no food after.

Starting today, I got up at 6am, SS&Sed, and ate breakfast at 6:30am. This consisted of 4 eggs, 1/4 lb beef patty (I burned the bacon I had planned instead of the beef), and 16 oz. of milk. It's after 12:30pm and I'm eating my lunch (1/4 beef patty, 1/4 cup spinach, 1/4 cup cauliflower, 2 tbsp butter), but I'm not hungry. I have the same thing for dinner at 6:30pm which is an hour before I get off work.

I am trying to get 50 grams of protein at each meal, but that is going to be impossible without feeling completely stuffed. Should I skip this schedule and just eat when I'm hungry? Should I suck it up and my body will adjust? Should I eliminate something from breakfast? Can I drink the milk after 6:30pm as a snack instead?

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3703 · January 04, 2012 at 12:02 AM

excellent comment! Also Testosterone and GH peaks are higher fasted in the night... Milk, carbs and fats can blunt this hormone flux pattern.

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15226 · January 03, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I agree with Kelly on this. I prefer to skip linch and eat a big dinner around 330-4

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 8:22 PM

A plethora of things, but mostly decrease body fat, reset leptins, remineralize teeth.

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Surprisingly, that schedule actually fit my lunch schedule at work. The only modification I had to make was to eat 30 minutes before getting off work. I'm a little fuzzy why not eating after 6:30pm was necessary, but I figured it's not a big deal to nuke dinner for 90 seconds and eat.

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 7:55 PM

See? I may have misread something somewhere. I thought it was 150 g protein a day with 50 g at each meal. That certainly helps in that regard. If I'm not hungry at 6:30pm I am not eating.

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The main reason was, like Kelly below, I am trying to follow the LRP. I think I just misunderstood what I was reading. But you said something I really needed to read. I'm overanalyzing. I will say that having eaten the breakfast and lunch already I'm not craving sweets, which is nice.

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20908 · January 03, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Only eat on a schedule for two reasons: 1) your hunger signals are messed up and you overeat/binge and gain weight or 2) you're trying to bulk up and you're not hungry enough.

Other than that if you're able to maintain the health and fitness you desire with just waiting to you're hungry to eat, then I see no problem with that.

Lots of people (and especially those on PH) like to over analyze and worry about crazy levels of detail that actually don't matter (or matter very small compared to the effort they take). So often people will then think there's a crazy science to EVERYTHING, when there really isn't. Don't worry about schedules and timing, just eat when you're hungry.

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The main reason was, like Kelly below, I am trying to follow the LRP. I think I just misunderstood what I was reading. But you said something I really needed to read. I'm overanalyzing. I will say that having eaten the breakfast and lunch already I'm not craving sweets, which is nice.

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3850 · January 03, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I'm following the LRP and as I saw it, the principle was after breakfast only eat when/if you're hungry. As long as you're getting 100 g protein a day combined (with 50 at breakfast) you don't need to eat 3 full meals. Most days I skip lunch entirely and eat a sizeable dinner. If I get hungry in the afternoon I eat a small meal (we won't call it a snack) then cut down the size of my dinner. But once you've tamed the hunger beast, you don't need to eat 3 full meals if you don't want to.

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15226 · January 03, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I agree with Kelly on this. I prefer to skip linch and eat a big dinner around 330-4

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 7:55 PM

See? I may have misread something somewhere. I thought it was 150 g protein a day with 50 g at each meal. That certainly helps in that regard. If I'm not hungry at 6:30pm I am not eating.

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5332 · January 03, 2012 at 7:04 PM

If the only reason you are forcing yourself to eat with this schedule is to fix a problem (hunger) which is no longer an issue then it might not be necessary. There's certainly nothing wrong with seeing what happens if you don't eat. It's one of the difficulties of our modern lives - we can't necessarily all eat whenever we want. We need to plan, cook, eat to fit our schedule. But there's a number of ways that can be achieved. A big breakfast may see you through to an evening dinner. Or breakfast could be left until the middle of the day. You may find that just one missed or different meal in the week will make the others go down a lot easier. Or that more variety helps. There's a lot of details that can explored with any approach, but people find success with all of them. If you feel what you are doing is wrong, try something else that works for you better.

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Surprisingly, that schedule actually fit my lunch schedule at work. The only modification I had to make was to eat 30 minutes before getting off work. I'm a little fuzzy why not eating after 6:30pm was necessary, but I figured it's not a big deal to nuke dinner for 90 seconds and eat.

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78417 · January 03, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Do not drink the milk after dinner as a snack. Zero snacks after dinner! You're reseting leptin signaling and it needs to rise during the evening into night. Food stops it. The reset has worked great for me, lost weight, found calm.

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3703 · January 04, 2012 at 12:02 AM

excellent comment! Also Testosterone and GH peaks are higher fasted in the night... Milk, carbs and fats can blunt this hormone flux pattern.

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8255 · January 03, 2012 at 7:16 PM

The real question here is why are you trying to eat to Jack Kruse's schedule? Is there something you want to change about yourself? Lose weight, etc? What are your goals?

Personally, my schedule is eat when I'm hungry. :) Unless there's some social reason to go off that schedule (dinner with friends, etc).

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120 · January 03, 2012 at 8:22 PM

A plethora of things, but mostly decrease body fat, reset leptins, remineralize teeth.

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