Post # 1
After hearing over and over how important it is to count calories, I did a little research to find out exactly what I should be eating. Apparently I need to eat about 1700 calories a day to lose 1 lb a week. I am going to aim for 1600.
My question is – How do you split up your meals?
I’m thinking about doing it like this:
Breakfast – 400
Snack – 100
Lunch – 400
Supper – 600
Snack – 100
BUT, I have no idea what I’m doing so I have no clue if this is reasonable.
Post # 3
I think the way you broke it up sounds perfectly reasonable. I’m also dieting but aiming at 1200 calories (slowest metabolism, EVER), so mine is like this:
Breakfast – 300
Lunch – 300 to 400
Dinner – 400 to 600
Snack – 0 to 100
Post # 4
I eat about 1200-1300 calories a day depending on if I exercise or not (I’m only 5 feet, 100 pounds)
Ideally, your biggest meal should be in the middle of the day. Food is meant to fuel your body, and most people don’t do much after dinner that requires a lot of energy. I exercise at night so I keep my dinners a little larger to have energy to go running.
Post # 5
hmmm if you have no idea what you’re doing right now, I don’t think that aiming for 1700 calories will necessarily help you…
3500 calories = 1 pound.
To lose 1 pound per week, you need to cut 500 calories per day, which is why it’s more important to know how much you’re eating now… If you’re only eatin 1500 per day and you try and eat 1700, you’ll actually gain weight because you’re increasing your intake. Or, if you’re eating 2000 per day, you won’t lose 1 pound per week.
Also, another way to cut 500 calories per day is to workout a bit more as well as eating a bit less – that way you don’t have to do it only by eating less.
You could probably find calorie counters to help you plan your meals. I used to have one in my favorites but apparently it doesn’t work anymore.. sorry! Google it, you’ll find tons of them!
Post # 6
Thanks for the tips!
@egb – I calculated it based on apparently needing to eat 2200 calories a day to maintain my current weight (using an online calculator). It told me that I need 1700 a day to lose 1 pound a week, which matches what you’re saying 🙂 I’m thinking since I already workout on a semi-regular basis (3-4 times a week), then I can eat 1700-1800 and lose a little more than 1 lb a week (but no more than 2!!). Am I completely deluded? Lol.
Post # 7
I tend not to think about this stuff, but did earlier today, and here’s what I estimate. I’m not dieting, and have a really muscular build and fast metabolism, so the #’s are fairly high. Basically, under 1800 = nausea, cold sweats, inability to do anything. As much as I like eating lots of food, it can be a little inconvenient.
Breakfast – approx 400-500
Morning snack – approx 100
Lunch – approx 500-600
Afternoon snack – anywhere from 0 (not hungry for one) to 250 (before exercise, then not eating until after 8)
Dinner – 600-1000, probably. Some days more, some days less.
So basically two moderate-large meals, one large meal, and a couple of snacks. My metabolism seems to actually speed up when I’m asleep (seriously, my body turns into a furnace… I don’t even know), so I’m not too worried about the massive dinners.
Post # 8
Sounds extremely reasonable to me, but you might need the snack between lunch and supper instead of after supper?
Post # 9
About eating a lot at night, I’ve read studies that disagree with those that say you shouldn’t eat much at night. At the end of the day, no matter when you took the calories in and when you spent them, everything still counts into your daily account… Makes sense to me, plus I always have larger dinners and a night snack and it haven’t affected my weight.
Post # 10
@egb: I go back and forth on the whole should I eat a lot at night thing. I’ve read stuff that say both things. I completely disagree with the whole “DON’T EAT CARBS FOR DINNER!” thing for a fact. My body needs carbs to run, and focus, and study at night.
Calorie wise, I think it is easier to splurge in the middle of the day only because I feel better knowing I will still burn those calories off throughout the day and won’t feel sluggish. When I eat a larger meal at night it just sits in my tummy and I feel gross.
So I guess it doesn’t come down to whether a big dinner is good for me or not, rather it makes me feel better to eat a larger lunch and more moderate dinner 🙂