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    Spacing out my calories

    Hey all. I'm just heading into week 3 of my calorie counting and i need some advice.

    I'm allowing about 1750 calories at the minute but i don't know how to spread those out over the day. I'm finding myself eating most of them (up to 1000 cal) in the afternoon/evening, my dinners are usually my most heavily laden and also biggest meal.

    Because i'm a natural grazer i try to avoid going for the "eat X number of Y calorie snacks" route and am just nibbling on something super low cal as needed. So rather than allowing 3 100 cal snack s i might graze on 6 50 cal or less snacks over the course of the day, it keeps me more interested and feeling less restricted. Plus this way my urge to continually graze is allowed but i'm aware of what i'm eating.

    My problem is my meals. I have a mostly sedentary lifestyle and leaving my husband home alone is not an option while he's ill, he's often housebound at the minute too. I don't know if i should be trying to make my meals abut equal, eating bigger dinners like i'm used to, forcing myself to eat breakfast (which makes me feel sick most days) or what.

    Any tips?

    FYI I'm accompanying every meal with 2 large glasses of water. Week 1 saw an 8lb loss, week 2 has not shown any but it's totm so i'm not worried.

    Apologies for the rambling, he had a bad night and i'm kinda tired.


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    Hiya,

    Don't worry you weren't rambling Hun. How many calories would you have eaten previously and how many in each sitting etc? Have you thought about upping your calorie snacks then reducing dinner calories.

    It's whatever works for you really and how it firs with your lifestyle. If your loosing weight already then it's working so I wouldn't worry to much.

    Xx

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    Thinking through what i used to eat lunch would probably be 600-1000 calories, dinner would be probably about 1000 to 2000 a go. My portion control was non-existent

    Now lunch is between 300 and 500 and dinner is up to 800, snacks are around the 35-50 range on average with two "highland shorties" biscuits at 98 being the highest for when i'm having a sweet craving.

    My problem right now is it's past 3pm and i've not eaten yet, because i simply haven't wanted anything, which means everything is going to be crammed in later instead, but i don't want to force myself to eat if i don't want to...grrr.


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    Have you thought of giving yourself an eating window everyday. That's what I'm doing. I eat from 11am to 7pm but you can do 12-8 or 1-9 etc. It's known as the 16/8 diet (intermittent fasting) so it's got fab health benefits too. X

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    I'm like you, I eat the majority of my calories in the evening. I don't have breakfast, just an Alpen Light at around 11ish, then a light lunch, a couple of snacks, and a big dinner around 9.30-10pm. It's what works for me, and I've lost 9.5 stone so far. There's no one size fits all, just find what works for you. xx

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    Go with what works for you. If you don't, you might run the risk of feeling hungry and falling off the wagon.

    Good luck, you're off to a great start. Xxx

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    hi
    i agree with tracy and lindsey whatever works for you love
    new one said its going to be easy but you will love the end result xx

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    They (whoever "they" are!) say you should eat like a king in the morning and a pauper in the evening, but it doesn't really matter too much.

    If anything, just try to avoid eating too late at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellaye
    They (whoever "they" are!) say you should eat like a king in the morning and a pauper in the evening, but it doesn't really matter too much.

    If anything, just try to avoid eating too late at night.
    Ah but you see, eating very late is exactly what does work for me - it's a myth that it makes a difference metabolically, it's just what works for the individual. xx
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    I agree do what works for you

    Personally, I am the same and rarely eat breakfast, have a light lunch and most of my calories in the evening. My bf and I work quite late and so usually eat between 8.30 and 9. I have lost weight like this fine as long as you are counting and eating healthily. HOWEVER, I would note that if for any reason I do eat a big lunch and so have a lighter dinner like salad or soup my losses are excelerated.

    The most important thing is making it sustainable so if you preference is for dinner. Do that

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