Eat every 2-3 hours or take in a certain number of cals per day?

  1. Eat every 2-3 hours or take in a certain number of cals per day?

    What do you feel is more important on a bulk to build optimum muscle? Focusing on a certain number of calories per day or making sure you eat every 2-3 hours which includes 24/7? You do not stop eating at a certain time and will wake up in the middle of the night to eat a meal. Eating every 2-3 hours means every 2-3 hours without going 6 or 7 hours without food while sleeping.

  2. I think there's too many factors to consider to make a statement like that. Just my opinion.
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  3. I would think u r doing more damage than good by cutting your sleeping cycle like that. Isnít it more beneficial to rest and recover than to take in consistent calories? Just a thought

  4. I do every 3 hours and it fits into my day better. Sometimes I wake up in the night and am hungry so I eat. It usually is easy to go back to sleep afterwards depending on how tired I am, I may just start my day then and go to bed earlier the next night

  5. It is a myth that your muscles will not grow if you donít eat 6meals a day. In my opinion, it evolved because people couldnít eat their 3k-4500 calories clean in 3 meals. Your digestion system takes 6-7hrs to clear out, so unless you wake up in the middle of the night hungry, just sleep through and chase the daily calorie number you need to achieve your goals. Many people also think they are hitting calorie goals, but are under eating. If your having trouble gaining, then the best pieces of equipment you can buy are a scale and measuring cups.

  6. If you cannot eat every 2-3 hours, there is nothing wrong with following an IF protocol. All of our schedules are different. If eating in a smaller window is better than you, then go for it. If you have more time to eat, then more power to you. Even if you eat every 2-3 hours, there is no point in disrupting your sleep to eat. Your body won't go catabolic in a 6-9 hour window. If you think it will, then have a protein shake next to your bed and if you wake up to use the bathroom, drink it. But I would not wake purposely wake myself up to eat or have a protein shake, Remember, your body is recovering and growing while you sleep. You could also have a pre bed meal that is higher in calories.

    1. Follow whatever eating protocol works for you (every few hours, IF, etc)
    2. Focus on hitting your daily calories in a 24 hour period, it doesn't matter how often you eat
    3. Don't disrupt your sleep just to eat. You body needs rest for so many reasons.
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  7. Its natural that you feel hungry in the middle of the night specially when you eat every 2-3hrs. The body gets tuned to it. I have done this 2-3hrs having a meal and used to wake up in the night hungry. But, never took a meal or shake and disrupt my sleep. It's important for your body to get the rest it needs. You're not going to go catabolic because of this fasting/resting period. Plus, a good sleep only aids to keeping your hunger hormones (leptin and ghrelin) regulated


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