Fitness Minutes: (33,149)
21,839 7/3/13 3:28 A
It depends on any given day because some days I am more hungry than others, and also some days I feel like different things to eat. I generally have 3 meals with breakfast usually the lightest, but most filling, and also allow for at least 2 snacks, but often up 4 snacks. I guess it depends on WHAT you eat (as opposed to calories you eat) and what you do in a day.
I have no idea. I pay no attention to calories. I watch carbs, and I try to get enough protein... but I eat only when I'm hungry, not by "mealtimes." Lately my biggest challenge has been to keep my fats high enough.
Fitness Minutes: (15,946)
1,078 6/30/13 10:36 A
As you see with mine.... breakfast is the only meal I ever have planned. Not to say that I don't eat any other meal, but I work retail, so the TIME I get to eat is always different, so for example, I may eat something small like a 200 cal protein bar before I go in to work if I work 4 hours and won't get a break. There are times where I have worked over a meal period, and just don't eat at a "normal" meal time. For instance, I worked a 1-6 shift one day, but my break was around 3. I had eaten lunch before hand, and I wasn't going to pack dinner to eat at 3pm, so I had some fruit instead.
Not the most ideal way, but I make it work, and try to plan as much as I can.
But ultimately, listen to your body and feed it when it wants fed!
Fitness Minutes: (29,299)
847 6/29/13 4:00 P
I do three meals and an evening snack:
Breakfast: 460 calories (same thing every day :) ) Lunch: 350ish calories Dinner: 500-600 calories Snack: 200-300 calories
I'm usually well sated between meals, but on the occasions when I get hungry before dinner, I'll have a small snack then and have a smaller evening snack.
Anecdotal evidence would seem to suggest that individuals work differently, and that we each need to play around with things to find what works for us. If you are comfortable with how you are spacing your calories, not having issues with extreme hunger or weakness, and not feeling over-full, then it would seem that you've found the timing that works best for you.
I'm not a morning person, and don't particularly like food earlier in the day, so about half of my 1390-1730 calories are in the evening. I average out around 1500 each day. I haven't found this to hamper my weight loss in any way, and it hasn't had a negative impact on my bloodwork either.
I do, however, have no issues with radically changing this on a day-to-day basis depending on my hunger cues. If I'm really not hungry, I don't eat snacks, and my meals may be much smaller. If I'm more hungry, then my earlier snacks and lunch may be larger. I trust that my body will let me know what it needs, and I adjust according to that rather than worrying about a schedule.
Others find that they feel better eating to a set schedule and having specific meal sizes at certain times, whether that be 6 small meals each day or 2 large ones.
I would suggest that you stick with your plan for a few weeks and see how you feel. If it's working for you, then stay with it. If not, then make an adjustment and try that for a few weeks.
Good luck in figuring out what will work best for you!
Its good that you try to keep your calories per meal even. Im not very good at that my self. You might try shaving some calories off you each of your meals, and have them be snacks in between. That way you dont feel famished by the time you eat the next meal.
Fitness Minutes: (93)
18 6/29/13 11:24 A
How do you spread out your calories?
I just started and am giving myself a 1500 calorie allotment on most days. On special days that I know I will be eating out I will give myself 1800 and just exercise more that day.
Breakfast: 300-400 Lunch: 400-500 Dinner-400-800
Sometimes I have a snack between lunch and dinner, especially if I worked out. I was on phentermine when I started this lifestyle change four days ago. I lost 6 lbs and had horrible side effects. I took myself off of it and am starting to wonder if that will change how I should distribute my calories.
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