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8/30/19 9:46 P

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Not eating all day is a perfectly healthy system. Many cultures throughout history only ate one or two meals in the day. There is no requirement to eat all the time, or eat any particular meal at any particular time.

So don't stress over not eating breakfast or trying to force yourself to eat when not hungry.

Instead, you may just need to work on getting more into the meal/s you do eat. Don't go low fat, enjoy things like salad dressings and olive oil and avocados! When eating only one or two meals a day, you are perfectly fine eating all the things that many people think "don't fit in my diet".

Go ahead and have heavy cream in your coffee. Go ahead and cook your eggs in butter. Go ahead and put olive oil on your veggies. Go ahead and buy the *cheaper!* fattier cuts of meat or fattier ground beef.

All perfectly fine!

Don't feel the need to force yourself to eat more often - there is growing evidence that *less* often is better for overall health. Just let yourself eat full, proper, nutritious meals when you do eat.

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8/29/19 5:37 P

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What qualifications does your nutritionist actually have? I ask this because you could set up shop as a nutritionist today and there isn't anything preventing you from doing so. Registered Dietitians actually have to meet qualifications, but anyone at any time can call themselves a nutritionist. There certainly might be some people who call themselves nutritionists who do have a clue, but others might not.

Have you had your doctor rule out any medical issues that may be complicating your efforts to lose weight?

Have you taken a very hard look at what you eat and have tracked at least two weeks consistently? People have a tendency to overemphasize things that they think they are doing well and minimize the things that they are pretty sure they aren't supposed to be doing. Which is to say that many people forget to track (not in a willfully ignoring sort of way, but rather in a the minute I swallowed I was distracted by the next thing) the calories that they drink, the candy that they swipe from the bowl on someone's desk, the condiments that they eat, those little bites and tastes that can really add up, but feel so small as not to bother with (until you track them and realize they make up a much larger portion of your diet than you thought).

Another very human thing is to overspend when you budget in small pieces. So if you are getting a 1200 tax return, you might want to spend 400 on new tires and 200 for a day trip and 100 for a new pair of shoes and 300 for a new computer and 200 for a big birthday gift and 300 for savings and 150 to take care of the tree in your yard and 50 for a craft project and 100 for a wedding gift and 100 for a baby shower gift and 100 for a birthday gift and all of the sudden you have spent 2000 of that 1200. Snacks can work that way, especially if you aren't properly tracking. Properly tracking and getting checked out by your doctor are great first steps.

I will also say that I am a grazer and 6-8 times a day is completely normal eating frequency for me. I would be very cranky and grumpy if I were eating as infrequently as you, which is to say that the exact opposite of what you tend to can be the most difficult row to hoe. Perhaps try having a smoothie in the morning with fruit and yogurt and plan on a consistent lunch and dinner for a start. Lots of little meals mean more dishes and having more things packed and ready to go, which means a lot more time and effort than what you are currently putting in. Start with one change and build from there rather than trying to do the opposite of what you tend towards.

A general lack of hunger is also something to consult your doctor about.

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8/29/19 6:24 A



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A couple other thoughts crossed my mind.

Do you have any emotional issue going on? If so, it COULD partly explain your lack of interest in food. IF this is the case with you, I suggest that you talk with your Dr and ask for help. He/she can refer you to a Therapist to help you deal with any issues.

Has your Dr checked you for medical issues which can contribute to your weight issue? Things like hypothyroidism can have a significant impact on it. This is a copy/paste from Harvard Medical School on "The lowdown on thyroid slowdown"
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Appetite loss, weight gain. With lower energy needs, you require fewer calories, so your appetite declines. Yet, you may gain a few pounds because your body converts fewer calories into energy, leaving more to be stored as fat.
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The previous poster has given you some great advice. Tracking your food will help you see where you are relative to your recommended calorie and nutrient ranges and where you need to make changes. Here's an article you might also find helpful:

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Weighing your food for increased accuracy and entering it into the Nutrition Tracker is a great way to see just what you ARE eating and where you can tweak. You have identified the lack of eating .... I am assuming you are meaning the number of meals???

Perhaps you could have a little meal of a few nuts and some yoghurt plus a piece of fruit for breakfast. It isn't heavy and shouldn't make you feel bloated because of it, and if time is a factor, it takes nothing to prepare that.

Perhaps having some hard boiled eggs in the fridge and have one for lunch and again along with a piece of fruit is another good way to get into the habit of eating lunch.

MICHELLE has touched on drink. Some people actually overload on liquid so they end up hiding any feelings of hunger. Could this apply to you? If so, and if your urine is clear, you can afford to cut back a little, could be replaced with some food - perhaps another piece of fruit. I know I focus on fruit, but al lot of people don't get enough fruit/vege into the diet and on 1 meal a day, I would imagine you might be one of them.

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8/29/19 4:49 A

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Have you ever tracked your calories?
What do you drink throughout the day?

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I rarely eat breakfast, lunch is more miss than hit, supper I eat every day, occassionally I eat something like fruit, cheese, cookies, veggies, whatever more of a snack portion at random times of the day. I was told by a nutritionist that my problem is not what I am eating but that I have eating far too little and its causing my body to hold onto everything thus gaining weight.

I have no idea how I got into this habit and honestly Im not even hungry. How do I force myself to eat breakfast and lunch. I have heard of the 6 small meals & thought that might work better for me. I just don't know how to make myself eat.

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