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2/15/11 12:32 P

I tend to make breakfast and my dinner equally my biggest meals, with the most protein. This way I stay full until mid afternoon when I have a light lunch and then I can eat again around 6 pm for a good hearty dinner.

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2/15/11 12:26 P

I usually eat 10-15% of my calories at breakfast, 30% at lunch, and 50-60% for dinner and snacks. I want to be able to eat with my famiy at night and not worry about calories, so I plan for the biggest lump of my calories to be used at the end of the day. I wouldn't stress about it. If it is working for you, keep doing it.

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2/15/11 12:09 P

I find that if I eat a decent lunch, and a light breakfast, its easier to get through dinner without splurging, but if i eat a light breakfast and a light lunch, then dinner is disaster.

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12/15/10 5:52 P

All five of my meals are between 200-300 calories

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12/15/10 4:51 P

I usually eat 200-300 for breakfast and lunch, then around 500-600 for dinner and the rest is for snacks. I just have a hard time eating 300-400 calories for breakfast, then sitting at my desk for 8 hours. I exercise half the time in the morning before work, and half the time after work, but before dinner. Just depends if I can get up early enough to get on the treadmill LOL! I'll try to eat a bigger breakfast and maybe smaller dinner, we'll see how it works out. Thanks for all the great advice guys!

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12/15/10 11:20 A

I think a lot depends on what your routine is like (are you a morning exerciser, for example) so it will vary from person to person. When I was in the military, I ate a bigger breakfast to recover from crack-of-dawn workouts. Now I work out in the afternoon so dinner tends to be my biggest meal.

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12/15/10 11:17 A

For me, it's lunch that has the most calories.

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12/15/10 10:35 A


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12/15/10 9:42 A

I usually have 350 for Breakfast, 350-400 for lunch and the rest for dinner. I use more calories for Dinner and PM snack, but that is when I'm the hungriest.

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12/15/10 9:14 A

It's better to have a bigger breakfast or lunch so you have a chance to burn off the calories. Of course, Americans are used to eating our largest meal of the day for dinner so it's hard to get out of that habit. We also have more time to cook and eat at dinner vs lunch or breakfast.

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12/15/10 5:09 A

I usually have more calories at my evening meal as well. Roughly about the same for lunch and breakfast.

As long as you eat regulary over the day, not skipping breakfast or anything, eating a bigger evening meal is not harmful.

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12/14/10 9:45 P

I usually have around 350 calories for breakfast, 350 for lunch, and 500 calories for dinner. The rest are spread around for snacks.

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12/14/10 9:17 P

Mine are usually pretty even, though if anything is larger its generally dinner.

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12/14/10 6:57 P

IMO if your are loosing and not hungry throughout the day, then what you are doing is working for you and you should stick to it!

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12/14/10 6:44 P

I've heard that breakfast should be one of your bigger ones so you have more time to burn it off. I can't help but to make my dinner the biggest through - I'm starving at the end of the day!

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12/14/10 6:01 P

I've noticed that most days, my dinner consists of about 40% or 50% of my daily calories. Is this normal? Or should I be aiming to spread the calorie intake evenly among all meals? Keep in mind, I do eat a light breakfast and lunch and have generally about 2-3 snacks during the day. Usual snacks include various kinds of fruit, waffle w/peanut butter etc....
Thanks for any advice!

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