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8/18/12 11:48 A

I like a small breakfast, big lunch, snack in the afternoon if I need it (I often get hungry in the late afternoon, like around 4 or 5 pm), and relatively small dinner. I focus my dinner on protein so I'm satisfied with fewer calories. I'm always hungriest in the middle of the day so I tend to "spend" a fair amount on lunch, like 500 cal or so out of my 1600 cal budget.

The later in the day it gets, the more important it becomes for me to eat a lot of protein to feel satisfied. I like Luna protein bars as an afternoon snack, and then I'll have like fish and veggies for dinner.

Edited by: NEWYORKCHICK at: 8/18/2012 (11:52)
8/18/12 11:35 A

The way I figure out my calories per meal is to take my average calorie range, say 1500, and divide that by 4 {3 meals and a snack}, giving me 375. That's my average calories per meal. Then, take 375 and divide by 2 {2 snacks per day} and that gives 187.5 calories per snack.

You can take your high and low from SP calorie range and do this to get a range for each meal and snack. It works out great for me, and as long as I stick to it, and eat the right kind of calories, I feel great all day and am never hungry.

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8/18/12 10:47 A

I'm across the board... some days I have meals that are 800-900 calories; other days, I'm pretty evenly spaced with about 300 cal average between snacks and meals. Sometimes I eat heavy at lunch and light a dinner; other days it is the opposite.
I am usually under 1700 cal for the day (I try to stick around 1600-1650 cal/day).
It just depends on how I feel and what is going on each day.... but I haven't really found that it matters in my weight loss. As long as I'm consistent with my calorie range overall, the individual meals don't make it or break it.

Just do what feels comfortable/natural for you.

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8/18/12 4:33 A

I agree with everyone else that it is best to just go with what works for you.

I eat a very low calorie/small breakfast, a small jar of plain whole milk yogurt. I'm not very hungry in the mornings so it is perfect for me. By lunch time I like something bigger, but I save my biggest meal for dinner. I've been this way my whole life and anytime I've tried to tell myself it is wrong and alter it, I just end up eating more than I'm supposed to!

As far as snacking goes, I have 2 squares of dark chocolate with hazelnuts or grapes about 1/2 of the week. Other days, I have no snack. I don't eat many snacks because I don't get very hungry between meals. To me a snack is entertainment, so I try to curb them because it isn't something that I personally need to get through the day.

MYSTERIX Posts: 169
8/17/12 10:36 P

For my body, the ideal is biggest meal early, then smaller meals/snacks later. Unfortunately, the 9-5 society doesn't mesh well with this so I generally do about 300-ish for breakfast, 300-ish for lunch, and 600-ish for dinner. Still works, I just lose weight faster the other way around.

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8/17/12 10:32 P

I usually eat less for breakfast so lunch is my biggest meal of the day at 450-500

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8/17/12 10:16 P

It depends on what you find works for you. I try to make each meal around 300-400 calories and then add 1 to 2 snacks that are about the same. I try to keep my total around 1500 and doing this helps me. I also try to eat every 4 hours or so, right as I start to feel hungry.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck!

HAPPYERIN Posts: 335
8/15/12 8:14 P

That happens to me on occasion when I know I'll be eating somewhere special. One Sparker told me they try to keep within 300 calories a meal. That was a really good guideline for me in the beginning, but that doesn't necessarily work for me.

I typically eat a breakfast that's around 150-200 calories because I'm not a big breakfast girl -- my stomach is just waking up, I guess. Lunches and dinners fluctuate between 300-500 calories, and then I have 2-3 snacks per day to fill in the in-between times. That's what works best for me, and I think that's the trick! I wouldn't make a habit of using up half my calories at lunch, but if you plan for it and make the rest of your day fit, you're fine!

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8/15/12 3:31 P

"A calorie is a calorie"...

But there is some indication that a single large meal and either no, or very small, other meals is not as effective as spacing it out more.

Anywhere from 300-600 calories per meal is probably fine.

(By that I don't mean it's okay to eat a 600 calorie lunch if you eat 1200 calories per day. Don't be afraid to use your whole range - a 600 calorie main meal is fine on a 1500 calorie diet.)

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8/15/12 3:11 P

I'm completely opposite of the previous poster. :P My breakfast and lunch are really light, usually under 300 calories, and then I have a larger meal for dinner since I eat it with my boyfriend and he likes to eat! Also, I find that our spontaneous eat-outs are almost always for dinner (not that I have that many) which means that if we randomly decide to go out, I won't be forlornly looking at my boyfriend's plate while I munch on a salad (dressing on the side) and I'll have more options and less guilt.

It's basically whatever you're comfortable with. Some people eat three large meals a day, no snacking. Some people snack all day with very small "meals". As long as you're in your calorie range and are eating nutritious foods it doesn't really matter when you eat those calories or how much at a time.

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8/15/12 2:31 P

It really depends. I try to eat the majority of my calories by 3PM. Dinner isn't as much on protein but lots of veggies and no fruit.
if lunch or your midday meal are larger and it is working for you, keep it that way. If you find that you are going over calories, it may be time to re-evaluate a bit.

My dinner and breakfast are probably around 300-400 calories a piece. I may or may not do snacks, but my "lunch" is usually bigger topping 500 calories. If I find I need a snack in the morning, i cut down a little of the lunch calories. I am averaging between 1300 and 1500 a day depending.

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8/15/12 1:49 P

What would you say is a reasonable number of calories per meal? Today for lunch, I had more than half of my calories for the day.

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