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9/8/15 12:34 A

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I really am struggling with the calorie allowances for the varied hours I keep.

Like you I'm up for 20+ hours some days and other days I might be up only a few hours. I like what you said about it just balancing out between the different days but I wonder if that is really effective in creating that calorie defecit since it's not the same day. That's what I've been doing and not having a lot of luck. I've been wondering if anyone has evidence that supports this can work.

What tracker do you use that allows you to adjust the start/stop time of the 'day'?

Btw: I'm a ICU nurse in a approximately 250 bed hospital and work a 0.9 night shift. I'm married with a 15 year old son.

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11/22/13 12:34 P

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I also count my day midnight to midnight. It works the best for me as I'm not left starving for the second half of my 7p -7a shift. I'm not tied to foods and a specific meal -- meaning I eat my "breakfast" at 0100 but it might be beef stew, "lunch" is around 0600 or 0700 and is a bowl of cereal or other "breakfast" type food and "supper" might be anything that sounds good when I wake up. It's a challenge but seems to work for me.

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HKLULU1 Posts: 52
11/21/13 10:54 A

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Thanks for the replies. It is always helpful to hear other people's insights. I think, I'm going to try midnight to midnight. i can see where one day will be over and one day under.

Edited by: HKLULU1 at: 11/22/2013 (02:23)
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11/21/13 8:11 A

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This has always been a confusing issue for me. Is my "breakfast" really dinner? Ugh. Nowadays I do midnight to midnight.

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11/21/13 7:54 A

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emoticon I šount from the time I get home in the morning to the time I get home the following morning as one 24 hour cycle. I arrived at thus system by trial and error, and its still not perfect, but it works for me.


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11/21/13 7:16 A

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I track from the time i'm awake until the time I go to bed to sleep. So this for me represents my day. The day of my night shift I may be awake typically for 20 hours or more, so I might go over my calorie allowance, but it balances out at some point when I go back from nights to days where i'm awake for only a few hours during the day, and thus not eaten very much. I've set up a 'night shift' meal on my tracker where I (supposedly) track all my food I've eaten during my night shift.

Try both options and see what works best for you. Some people prefer tracking from midnight to midnight, others from the moment they wake up until they sleep. Theres n

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11/21/13 5:35 A

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Do you count your calories from midnight to midnight. What I eat at lunch when I'm working is counted for the day its in or do you count from 8am to 8am? I know that is not very clear. Example:; I work a 12 hour night shift, so I wake up at 5:30pm and eat (breakfast for me), eat a snack around 11:00 pm, lunch around 2 am, and snack around 4am, then something before I go to bed at 10:00am. is that my day? i should i start counting calories at 5;30 pm and go to 5:30 pm the next day? or should I start my new day at midnight which would make my lunch at 2am breakfast? how do you do it?

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