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3/12/13 12:29 A

thanks everyone for your input; this past weekend was not my usual routine, & I was not sure how it would affect the week over-all. I appreciate you all responding to my question!

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3/11/13 8:52 P

better to eat big earlier than later.... and then again it is your choice...

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3/11/13 4:59 P

I consume about half of my calories at lunch. The rest are spread out over the other meals/snacks. I do this both because it's the cultural norm where I live and because it's easiest for me. I've NEVER had issues with gaining fat eating this way. In fact, when I started eating this way (I used to spread my calories out equally), I stopped being so hungry. I agree with the others that we're all individuals and have to find what works for each of us!

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3/11/13 10:13 A

Unident is totally right on.

I used to consume most calories at dinner. Now, though it is still a little higher than my other main meals, It is usually only by about 100 calories.

I would recommend trying to have a good breakfast, a snack, a good lunch, a snack, and a good dinner. You can cut out any snacks if you aren't hungry. EVENTUALLY, your body will balance out. Just like I never used to eat breakfast. I wasn't hungry. But I would have a HUGE dinner. I started eating breakfast when I was pregnant. I ended up eating less throughout the day, and was then again hungry for breakfast. It is just how you fuel your body, it will get back to the routine!

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3/11/13 12:53 A

No, that's not true.

Each individual person is different based on their own unique BMR, plus also what you've been doing in the last few hours before the meal.

Almost everyone eats more in any single one meal than your body requires for energy Right Now. It converts the excess to fat. But later in the day, while you're going about your regular daily business, it's converting that fat to energy to power you through.

You don't need to worry about what turns to fat or not in any single given moment, only the trends over time, with a hope towards creating a deficit overall so that your body, throughout an entire week, will pull more energy from stored fat than it puts back into stored fat.

However, if most of your calories are consumed in 1 meal, you do want to think about whether this causes you to be hungry at other times of the day. Most studies find that people tend to do better with losing weight by spreading out their intake over the day a little more balanced. That may or may not be true of you personally, but if you're struggling to lose, it's definitely something I'd consider.

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 3/11/2013 (00:55)

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3/10/13 11:48 P

I read somewhere there's a max amount of calories a body can metabolize from one meal, and if someone exceeds that amount, the excess will be converted to fat. Is that true? The past couple of days I've had huge mid-day meals and eaten almost no dinner (still too full!) so total calories for the day are within my range, but most of them consumed at one time.

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