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RUSSELL_40
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8/1/13 1:52 P

If you have time at the 2:45 break to eat a quick lunch, I would eat a big breakfast, and have lunch then. Have your snack at 10:45, so you don't have 2 big meals before 11 a.m.

After workout you could eat dinner, and have a snack later.This will just be your personal preference, although most Americans tend to eat very early in the night, so I am assuming the snack will be the later meal.

Move the 5 meals around to fit your schedule. It isn't as important which meal that you eat at which time, as it is to space them out, and make sure your body has food at regular intervals to use.



MISSRUTH
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8/1/13 12:53 P

I'm thinking your weightloss doctor is *probably* thinking you're going from breakfast at 7 til 12 noon for lunch; he's not taking into account your 10:15 "lunchtime". Most people don't eat lunch til noon so that's where his mindset is.

At any rate, I'd break it up like Becky suggested. It's actually not that bad a way to break up your day, plus you eat before working out as well.



MICHELLEXXXX
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8/1/13 2:22 A

So just reverse Becky's breakfast and dinner numbers.



ACHIEVE2012
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8/1/13 1:00 A

LOL! I would normally not suggest a lighter Breakfast. But since you are having trouble with eating again at 10:45 and if you don't at 10:45, it is creating too much of a long gap between meals, I suggested lighter breakfast. Eating bf earlier might also work.



ARTGOD
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8/1/13 12:42 A

These are good suggestions. I am going to try to write down some of them and see if it works. Especially the calories per meal time one and the lighter lunch and bk one. However my weightloss doctor recommends a bigger breakfast!!! Lol



ACHIEVE2012
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7/31/13 11:24 P

Can you have your breakfast earlier than 7:15am? To space out breakfast and lunch time? Also, can you make bf lighter so that you may feel like eating again at 10:45? May be the lunch could be lighter too. Then 2:45 is actually a good time to eat before exercising at 4pm. There will atleast be 1 hour gap and usually my trainer has recommended eating an hour or 2 before working out. Since it will be only an hour, a light snack instead of avoiding eating altogether would be good idea. Keep drinking water throughout the day. Dinner at 6 also sounds good. Perhaps you could follow it up with a healthy snack post dinner so that you don't end with too little calories over all.




KPA1B2
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7/31/13 9:42 P

As a teacher I too have that early lunch. Thankfully ours is about 50 min. I do prep stuff first & then eat before the kids come back. This means I don't eat lunch until about 11:15 a.m. If I was working out before dinner, I'd consider having a snack before that.

Think about using the crock pot. If you use it several times a week, dinner will be ready when you get home from working out.



DIETITIANBECKY
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7/31/13 8:09 P

I'm throwing this out there as one possible solution---tweak to meet your specific needs/plan/daily life:

7:15 breakfast---300 calories

10:30 lunch ---300-400 calories

2:45 snack--200 calories

6:00 dinner --500-600 calories

evening snack --200 calories



ARTGOD
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7/31/13 7:54 P

I am a teacher and I don't have control over the times I can have lunch. I have to be ready to go by 7:30 am with kids, so I eat breakfast at like 7:15 am. Then my assigned lunch time is 10:45 am. Then I don't have a break again until 2:45. Then dinner time is usually 6pm. Usually I am not that hungry at 10:45 but I eat because I know I will be later. The other issue I am having is that I exercise from4-5pm, so if I don't eat something at 2:45 then I am starving after my workout.......my question/ issue is how should I break up my meals or snacks to last through out the day??? I am trying to stay around 1600 cal. Thanks



 
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