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12/7/12 5:51 A

Don't eat just to fill a calorie quotient. Eat to fill your stomach and to meet your health needs. As long as you aren't doing this for the wrong reasons (anorexia, etc.), you'll be fine.

12/7/12 1:06 A

I have read articles about interval caloric intake. lets say you have a range of 1200-1500. If one day you take in 1200 and the next day 1500 its not bad for you. As long as you're meeting your minimum requirements (protein, etc) you'll be golden.

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12/6/12 6:59 A

I really listen to my body now. I find that I am now very hungry in the mornings and seldom hungry in the evenings. I agree with what many are stating: Don't eat just because you are "suppose to" unless it develops into a severe problem.

WINGLESS98465 Posts: 389
12/6/12 1:38 A

Thanks to all for the awesome posts. Sorry I didn't respond right away, just got home from work.

I was figuring I was probably alright with an occasional short day. I tend to hit mid-to-high on my range otherwise, so those days didn't seem like they were a bad thing.

Also, regarding the eating every three hours thing, sure that would be ideal. However, we live in a society where that isn't an option. When I work an 8 hour shift, I cannot actually eat every three hours. I'm in retail, and breaks don't always come on a timer. So that's simply not possible for me. Sure that's the body operating at peak, but I've never seen that as a hard-and-fast rule.

I do keep track of it, and the closest together they've been in ages was twice in a week where I wasn't hungry, but I was high-stressed, recognized that, and ate something light anyway. Typically it is once every two to three weeks that I just don't want those last hundred or two hundred calories.

I will make a note on my journal when it happens, and if it ever does seem to be more frequent, or if I'm *way* under, I'll definitely bring it to my doctor.

Again, thanks all!


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12/5/12 11:27 P

I wouldn't worry about it. I agree with what most of the PPs are saying about not forcing yourself to eat if you're not hungry, especially if you're only 200 cals or so under. I would try to pay attention to the nutrients you need like protein and calcium and make sure you are getting enough. If you're short on protein, for example, you could just nibble on a slice of cheese. That way you can still get the protein you need without feeling like you're trying to stuff your body. Hope this makes sense.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
12/5/12 10:19 P

Eat when you're hungry, don't when you're not (within reason). If you are short on calories occasionally, no problems! Once in a while won't hurt.

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12/5/12 6:33 P

I don't eat every 3 hours... I guess I'm screwed....even though I hit my goal weight and still continue to lose more.

Did you miss the part where the OP said she wasn't hungry? How is she supposed to eat until she is sated if she's not hungry in the first place? I've had days where I'm just not hungry at all. Also the OP said that she did eat, she just ended up 200 calories below her range. Did you even read the OP at all?

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12/5/12 6:28 P

YOJULEZ - In essence, yes. You should eat every 3 hours. At no meal should you overeat to the point of feeling full. You should eat until you are sated. There is TONS of scientific to support this theory. Just ask any nutition/fitness professional.

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12/5/12 5:31 P

with the 200 cal off days, where are you on average relative to your ranges? if you're in range on average, and you're really close on those off days [200 cals under is pretty close, 200 cals total is not] and you're really sure that this isn't more regular than a day every two weeks or more, i'd say you're good. but you need to watch how often this is happening and if it starts happening a good deal more frequently you should start trying to make up the difference.

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12/5/12 4:21 P

ARMARTIN, so you think it's a good idea to force yourself to eat even if you're not hungry whatsoever? Your body will not be "starving itself" if you're 200 calories short once every few weeks.

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12/5/12 4:17 P

Food is fuel! You should never eat less than the recommended and should eat something every 3 hours. If you train your body to eat every 3 hours, your body will learn that it's constantly being fed (except when fasting over night) and your metabolism will fire up and burn stored fat. If you "starve" yourself, your metabolism will shut down and will store food as fat. It doesn't have to be a meal, just something like an apple with almond butter, almonds, string cheese, protein shake, etc.

It's not just calories in vs out and what's cumulative at the end of the week, it's also HOW and WHAT you feed your body that will help with weight loss.

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12/5/12 3:24 P

I'm like that too... some days I'm just not overly hungry! I just let it slide. I figure the lower calories that day will make up for another day at some point where I go over.

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12/5/12 3:17 P

I wouldn't worry about it. Everything will average itself out.

Unless of course you are eating way below your range (800 calories or less) for months and months on end and are not properly supervised by a doctor... but other than that, don't worry!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
12/5/12 3:10 P

Personally, I let it slide.
It doesn't happen daily, but occasionally, my food choices tend to be on the low side of the calorie range (or a little under).

I wouldn't sweat it, unless you're doing it

(a) on purpose; and
(b) consistently

WINGLESS98465 Posts: 389
12/5/12 3:03 P

I didn't see anything else like this on here, so I'm hoping I'm not repeating someone else's post.

Normally I find ways to stay within my calorie range and stay satisfied. Occasionally when I near my upper limit, I'm still a little hungry, but nothing a glass of water and couple of carrot sticks won't cure.

However, sometimes I have the opposite problem. I'm not hungry, no real cravings for anything, but I'm a bit under my range. Sometimes as low as 200 calories under. I honestly don't want any food, not even a snack. I'm not feeling sick, and I'm not having any other noticeable problems. Energy level is fine, no anxiety or anything like that. I'm just...not hungry that day.

So, my concern is, do I eat anyway to get into that range, or listen to my body and call it good for the day? Like I said, this isn't all the time. Maybe once every 2-3 weeks. I know with my daughters, their doctor says that sometimes if they don't want to eat all their dinner, if they're "just not hungry", I should let it slide so long as it isn't too frequent, so is this an appropriate course of action to take regarding my own diet?

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