I have known many carb eaters who do MUCH better on small frequent meals, an eating style that is often called 'grazing.' But is this always bad? The paleo belief seems to be that less frequent meals mean less insulin/glucose rise and easier access to stored fat. HOwever, smaller frequent meals would theoretically lead to smaller but more frequent insulin rises. Do we know for sure that one is better than another in all situations?
WHen I first started paleo, I found I was actually quite ravenous quite often and snacked a lot on paleo snacks. In traditional Atkins/lowcarb we are taught to always eat if we are hungry as hunger is there for a good reason. So I did. And over time, the hunger lessoned and now I don't snack much simply because I no longer feel hungry between meals. There was no need for me to follow a special rule of 'no grazing.' Instead, I followed the rule of listening to my body which eventually got me to the same place for the most part. However, I still think that following my body is more important than the no grazing rule and on the rare occasions when I am extra hungry, I will snack as I please on paleo foods.
Another friend who started on paleo experienced the same thing. As a not paleo carb eater, he often chewed gum or snacked on candies throughout the day at work. Then after paleo, he at first snacked on nuts, but over time, he was no longer hungry. Recently I was amused to hear some new employees who never knew him prepaleo were referring to him as 'like a vampire' because they have never once seen him eat anything and he even skips lunch if he is too busy. Again, my advice to him when starting paleo was always to eat if you feel hungry. The no grazing rule was never mentioned but eventually came about naturally.
What I wonder about is if it will always be in the best interest of all people to follow the no grazing rule instead of listening to what their body wants? Some people have impaired or irregular blood sugar balance. For those people, smaller more frequent meals may help them keep energy levels up. Paleo eating may in time help them ameliorate or cure their problems but it is not sure fire and it does not happen overnight. Meanwhile, should they still automatically be trying to follow no grazing rules even if they feel hungry/weak? Seems illogical to me.