I just eat normally. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a Snack. The calories add up by themselves.
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1,077 10/8/12 5:34 P
I aim for about 300-350 for breakfast and the same for lunch. The rest of the calories can be snacks and dinner. Always try to have some protein in each meal and snack. Sometimes I don't have snack and have a bigger dinner, other times I have small snacks, and a smaller dinner. Just depends on my day.
I find I am much happier internally if I eat evenly throughout the day. Although food is processed whenever it appears in your system, it's easier to keep blood sugar even, avoiding spikes and troughs; easier to not go overboard; and better for the digestive system to eat relatively even, relatively often. There are some studies (and much anecdotal support) for the idea that more, smaller, more frequent meals are better for weight loss, but it's not rock-hard science, as far as I know. The blood sugar thing is a fact, however.
I'm one of those odd-balls who eats less as the day goes on; got into the habit in Mexico, where breakfast and the midday meal were more substantial than the evening--I liked the way that felt, and, as much as I can, I duplicate that here.
But if you aren't having blood sugar problems, and don't go overboard from hunger, then it's pretty much your call.
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2,489 10/5/12 7:45 A
I eat 5 meals a day like many others have mentioned here. My 3 main meals are between 300-400 and my 2 snacks are between 150-200 cals. That way my insulin levels are never spiking and I'm not running on fumes causing my body to want to store fat. It also helps prevent binging because I'm never going to the fridge absolutely famished since my last meal. I just have smaller portion sizes at dinner. BUT if you can do it without feeling hungry throughout the day, you can possibly shave a few cals off each meal to bank for dinner.
I have to pre plan my meals. I plan my meal for the day on the day before. I usually shop for the week anyhow. I found that knowing what i am going to make keeps me to my calories. I plan my entire day and put it in the log. Then I use it like a menu.
Food is processed the same whenever you eat it. For me it depends on the day, but as a diabetic, I tend to try to space my calories out through the day in 5-6 small meals or snacks - BUT, like the original poster, there are days when what I want is a good dinner and not to have to worry if I have enough calories left to enjoy whatever dinner will be and I keep my during the day eating on the REALLY low side. For me, the flexibility is one of the benefits of tracking - I can eat ideally on some days (5-6 small meals/snacks) and also prepare for the special meal or occasions on other days.
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779 10/5/12 6:26 A
Evenly amongst 5 small meals that all include protein
I eat small bits all day long - like grazing. I seldom have a full meal. Of course, this creates problems when going out to eat with friends!
Fruit is first before the early morning jog Then comes breakfast after the run. Snack about 10 AM, 1/2 sandwich at noon 1/2 sandwich around 3 PM light snack around 4-5 Dinner around 6-7
The more I learn and practice eating to satiate hunger, the better I feel. After 35 years of paying attention to this, I still have to curb bad eating habits. I can slip into those learned in my early years at home very easily. Then I am done eating for the day!
I normally try to make 400-475 calories take me all day so that I have enough left over to enjoy a good dinner with my family. Is this ok? I don't go completely crazy at dinner I just want to know that when they want something thats more than 400 calories i don't go over. How do you sort your calories out throughout the day?
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