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October 11, 2011 5:34 PM
Sooo is it better to have more calories at lunch time or dinner time? All my dinner meals seem to be much higher in calories... im wondering if i should eat dinner meals for lunch and my lunch meals for dinner... this wont be practcal when i start working next week... but should i do it when i can? weekends and such?
October 11, 2011 5:37 PM
My lunch is usually higher in calories than dinner...I feel like it gives my body more time to burn those calories
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October 11, 2011 5:39 PM
I have a bigger meal for dinner, otherwise I feel like I want to snack before bed.
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October 11, 2011 5:40 PM
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I have a bigger meal for dinner, otherwise I feel like I want to snack before bed.


Me also.
October 11, 2011 5:40 PM
The general tip is "breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper"


(I generally have a big late lunch -- a big raw salad with lots of veggies and beans - at 2 or 3ish, and that fills me up for the rest of the day)
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October 11, 2011 5:41 PM
Different things work for different people so just do what works best for you. Make sure you don't have a 600 calorie dinner then go straight to bed though, haha. Just make sure you have time to digest. Dinner is always my biggest meal of the day.. otherwise I will snack constantly after dinner up to bedtime. It works for me. Might not for someone else.
October 11, 2011 5:44 PM
I usually have a big breakfast, and the same sizes for breakfast and lunch. It gives my body time to burn calories, and keeps my metabolism going.
October 11, 2011 5:44 PM
yeah, you're supposed to eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day (large breakfast, medium lunch, small dinner). HOWEVER, i can't bring myself to do this... i'm the exact opposite! i hate going to bed hungry so i tend to hoard my calories so i can have a big dinner. i still see the weight loss i'm supposed to according to this site (actually, i'm losing a little more!) so i figure it really can't make that much of a difference. at least that's what i tell myself. wink
October 11, 2011 5:58 PM
As long as you maintain your calorie deficit, it doesn't matter when you eat, or how much at each meal.

Personally i skip breakfast, have a small lunch, a few hundred cals, then have a great dinner, 800-1k.

When you eat the calories has been proven to be largely irrelevant. In theory you could eat your entire daily amount IN bed, and as long as you keep that deficit, you'll lose weight.
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October 11, 2011 5:58 PM
I love my big dinners so I save most of my cals for then. Hasn't affected my weight loss and I feel great during the day.
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October 11, 2011 6:15 PM
I think it comes down more to personal preference. I used to eat a larger supper. Now that I eat several (smaller portions) a day, my supper is usually pretty small. Lunch or even breakfast brings in the most calories for me now.
October 11, 2011 6:35 PM
It doesn't matter. You burn calories 24/7.
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October 11, 2011 9:21 PM
The Primary Laws of Nutrient Timing
The First Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.
The Second Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.
October 11, 2011 10:34 PM
QUOTE:

Different things work for different people so just do what works best for you. Make sure you don't have a 600 calorie dinner then go straight to bed though, haha. Just make sure you have time to digest. Dinner is always my biggest meal of the day.. otherwise I will snack constantly after dinner up to bedtime. It works for me. Might not for someone else.


I have a 600 calorie dinner and go straight to bed. That's what works for me.
October 11, 2011 10:34 PM
QUOTE:

The Primary Laws of Nutrient Timing
The First Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.
The Second Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.


The third law of nutrient timing is...
October 11, 2011 10:37 PM
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yeah, you're supposed to eat the majority of your calories earlier in the day (large breakfast, medium lunch, small dinner). HOWEVER, i can't bring myself to do this... i'm the exact opposite! i hate going to bed hungry so i tend to hoard my calories so i can have a big dinner. i still see the weight loss i'm supposed to according to this site (actually, i'm losing a little more!) so i figure it really can't make that much of a difference. at least that's what i tell myself. wink


I am a calorie hoarder for the end of the day also. If you find yourself waking up hungry, trying to shift calories to earlier in the day 'because you are supposed to do that' will lead to midnight snacking so you can get some sleep that will push you over your calorie goals for the day. So I say phooee to the 'breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper' brigade.
October 11, 2011 11:31 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

The Primary Laws of Nutrient Timing
The First Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.
The Second Law of Nutrient Timing is: hitting your daily macronutrient targets is FAR more important than nutrient timing.


The third law of nutrient timing is...


hehe have a guess tongue

Take a read of this. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/365661-the-most-shocking-diet-myths-slideshow This and many other dieting myths busted.
October 11, 2011 11:45 PM
In my case, I have more lunch than dinner. I could sleep better when I'm not so full. This is just me and might not work for everybody. smile
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October 12, 2011 4:01 AM
I've noticed that big lunches help me eat smaller dinners, because I am not so hungry in the evening!
October 12, 2011 4:08 AM
hello i have smaller brekkie and lunch and a slightly higher cals dinner i tend to get hungry before bed if my main meal isnt a bigger size im mananging to lose weight really well so i suppose it depends what works for you.

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