(Closed) How do you break up your calorie intake?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Buzzing bee

I eat about 1200-1300 calories a day depending on if I exercise or not (I’m only 5 feet, 100 pounds)

Breakfast: 300 

Snack: 100

Lunch: 350

Snack: 200

Dinner: 250

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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 # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sounds extremely reasonable to me, but you might need the snack between lunch and supper instead of after supper?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
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Buzzing bee

@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 🙂

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