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KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (75,009)
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1/10/13 5:15 P

You might want to reconsider eating within the range SP gave you based on your physical activity. The more you exercise, the more you need to eat! To answer your question, a light dinner is probably fine. Going over a couple hundred calories for one day isn't a big deal as long as it doesn't happen everyday!

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SPYDEZRA Posts: 88
1/10/13 5:02 P

That's a good point, I forgot that calorie difference over the week is more important than over a single day. Sometimes I get caught up in the details :)

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1/10/13 4:49 P

If I overeat at lunch I just try to eat a lighter dinner, even if I go over a little bit. I'm the type that can't sleep if I'm hungry so eating next to nothing for dinner wouldn't work for me. You could also knock 50-100 calories off of your eating the next couple days to make up for it too. Remember it's not really about your daily amount, but more like what your weekly or monthly average is.

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SPYDEZRA Posts: 88
1/10/13 4:44 P

So today was a bad combination. I went to lunch with my boyfriend and (1) I was really hungry and (2) we went to my favorite Mexican place, so I really overate. The food tracker doesn't carry the specific dish I ate, but based on my best calorie estimates, I only have about 200 or so left for dinner to still be in range, so I brought to work with me a banana and a dressing-less salad of romaine lettuce, baby carrots and celery. My question is: Is this the right thing to do? When I overeat during the day and have few calories left for dinner, should I have a VERY light dinner and stay in range or should I shrug off the big meal, eat a healthy but normal-sized dinner and go over my calorie range for the day?
Not sure if it matters, but I'm 5 foot 0 and need to lose only six more pounds to reach my goal weight. My range is 1,200-1,500 based on 40 minutes of cardio five days a week with some strength training thrown in when I can. (I set my own calorie range, SparkPeople had it a little higher but I felt that was too much).
Thanks in advance everyone!!

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