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Does Anyone Else Do This?

Monday, February 18, 2013

I'm going back to something I used to do that seemed to work for me. I begin my daily food tracking with my evening meal. So my day consists of dinner, then breakfast, then lunch. My thought is that my evening meal is my "social" meal with my husband. He often cooks and it's generally the biggest meal of the day.

Now we've discussed cutting back in the evenings and keeping it really simple (some protein & veggies) but before you know it we're eating those heavier evening meals again.

So....I track that meal to start my day. Then if I do go slightly over where I prefer to be, or add a couple of glasses of wine shared with friends that evening I am more easily able to compensate through breakfast and lunch. Generally, I'm eating those on my own (I work from home) so I can have a simple bowl of Cheerios or a lean cuisine with added veggies for lunch to compensate for my slight overindulgence.

It seems to work for me. I tried this past month to start tracking with breakfast and I found that I continued to eat more than the calories I had set aside for that evening meal with my husband at my side. So I'm back to my own day - that's evening, then breakfast and winding up at lunch! It just seems easier to keep within my 1500 calories a day using this method.

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    haven't done that as since my DH and I are both retired we eat our biggest meal at lunch (actually ends up being around 2:30) then we eat light at night. but when I worked my big meal was at night as well. i think it's a great idea to track it the way you say. You then know to look forward to what you have tracked for your evening meal.
    good for you!
    1826 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    That's a great idea!
    1826 days ago
  • INDNANNA1979
    I hadn't thought of this but it makes a lot of sense. My evening meal is always the biggest too. I think I will try this! emoticon
    1826 days ago
    Yes! Tracking food intake is probably the best fool-proof way for weight management. Unfortunately, tracking food is my biggest challenge. Before I thought that if I eat 99% whole foods in what I thought was moderation would make tracking unnecessary. Nope. I'm not lucky in that regard...I still need to track everything that goes into my mouth if I want to see positive results.

    Good luck! :)
    1826 days ago
    That's an incredibly good idea. I will save it for those days I know we are going out to dinner.
    1826 days ago
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