Boss- yes, "sensibly" is the key word.
I haven't had any physical work ups regarding cholesterol or bone density, although that is probably a good thought. My diet consists primarily of lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, some grains, meats, dairy, whey powder, flax and fish oils, plus a multi for extra insurance. Like I said earlier, "My main argument isn't really against frequent feeding in the sense that eating often isn't always bad, especially if one is eating small, token amounts of healthy whole foods. Simple fact is that I'll never be convinced that eating 5 to 8 thousand calories a day, in the form of 5 to 8 complete meals, with 1.5 to 2 grams of protein per pound bodyweight and all that jazz, is good for anybody."
I also happen to believe that going without eating anything whatsoever for 4 to 6 or even 8 hours on occasion, while just drinking plain old water, is a natural, healthy thing to do-I usually do that at least every other day. But that is just me. I've read tons of stuff about "starvation mode" and storing fat when faced with "impending starvation" and all that when one is fasting. Tell that to my abs lol. I'm 5'11 and weight 165, with probably around 8 percent bodyfat. My arms are over 15" cold and near 16" after a workout, and my waist measures 30" at the navel. Not incredibly poor figures for a 38 year old.
I used to weigh 200 and have 15 to 20 percent bodyfat when I ate 300 grams of protein a day and tons of calories in the form of around 6 complete meals, and the waist was 36 to 38 around the navel, depending on the season. But I will say the arms were nearly 18" then, and that was nice:)
The last few years I've taken in anywhere from roughly 2000 to maybe 3,500 thousand calories a day, depending on how active I am and accounting for several other factors. I might scrounge 500 to 1000 calories off and on through the day, and eat another 1000 to 2500 at night at one shot- a real free-for-all meal.
Was I taking in TOO many calories before on the frequent feed deal, and could I find a middle ground? Perhaps. But this way of eating is so much freakin easier and it just simply feels better. Plus I happen to despise carrying around coolers full of perishable food in tupperware. And I'm completely burned out on bars and the like. I'd rather just grab an orange, or some raw almonds, and/or some seeds, and be on my way for the day.
I also affirm that everyone is different and gray area abounds, for sure. I simply feel better doing this kind of diet; it seems inherently more organic and natural