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January 29, 2012 1:09 PM
My daily goal is 1300 cals. I usually eat between 1350 & 1400 & burn 200- 350 through daily exercise.

Does it matter any if breakfast is 1000 cals and lunch and dinner are each 200? I ask because I only ever exercise between 8 and 11pm and when I exercise I always get stomach aches and feel full. I've tried just eating a lighter dinner but it doesn't help. So, is tge 1000/200/200 OK?

I've *heard* that if you eat too many calories in one meal your body will store it as fat since you can't use them all if youre not going to go exercise right after. I have no idea if it's true (hoping it's not) but it sounded possible so I've been eating with that in mind.
  3318657
January 29, 2012 1:10 PM
good question!!! BUMP!!!!
  16096603
January 29, 2012 1:12 PM
Nope nutritional timing has been disproven. Doesn't matter if you eat 6 meals or 1 meal, as long as you are getting your macros and nutrients.
January 29, 2012 1:14 PM
Huh... I have no idea. I thought your body stored it all until it was used anyway. If you work out in the evening, it should be burning whatever you have stored, whether you ate it an hour ago or 3 weeks ago. But I could be off on this. It'll be interesting to hear what others think. I'd like to hear a Dr. or medical professional's opinion on this.
January 29, 2012 1:14 PM
The only way to know if it's "ok" for you is to try it. Typically the idea is to eat 4 to 6 smaller meals throuout the day to keep your metabolism going. That said, if your scenario works best for you and schedule, my guess is that if you eat the 1000 cal meal for breakfast, you are hopefully burning those calories up during the course of the day.
  15185338
January 29, 2012 1:15 PM
Read some of your food logs in your diary.
You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
The advantage in splitting your calories is not to get so hungry later that you end up in a binge, but again, that's up to you.
Maybe you could go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.
Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!
Edited by MaximalLife On January 29, 2012 1:19 PM
January 29, 2012 1:15 PM
QUOTE:

Nope nutritional timing has been disproven. Doesn't matter if you eat 6 meals or 1 meal, as long as you are getting your macros and nutrients.


^ this
January 29, 2012 1:17 PM
QUOTE:

Nope nutritional timing has been disproven. Doesn't matter if you eat 6 meals or 1 meal, as long as you are getting your macros and nutrients.


Yep, this. :)
January 29, 2012 1:18 PM
As other posters said, it's calories in vs. calories out. I tend to eat over 1000 calories after 6 PM... hasn't made me fat :D
January 29, 2012 1:18 PM
QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!
Edited by Prettypiglett On January 29, 2012 1:19 PM
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January 29, 2012 1:22 PM
QUOTE:

Nope nutritional timing has been disproven. Doesn't matter if you eat 6 meals or 1 meal, as long as you are getting your macros and nutrients.


^This.
January 29, 2012 1:23 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!
I was addressing the OP. She's eating less than 800 calories some days - NOT GOOD!
Again, set your weight loss weekly goals tor 1 lb per week weight loss as per MFP recommendations, and if you exercise, eat back your exercise calories.

Simple deal.
Remember, this is not a race.
Edited by MaximalLife On January 29, 2012 1:24 PM
January 29, 2012 1:27 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!


Thats what I was thinking. Looking in my diary, while I'm not prefect, I eat a lot of veggies/fruits/whole grains/water/low fat dairy and come in at about 1300 - 1400 cals a day (1.5 # loss per week). If I eat back my exercise cals (i use a HRM and food scale so I am close to accurate) I don't lose 1.5 a week; I lose .8 to 1 #.

I've lost 70 and have 16 #s until I reach my goal. Does that mean I need to eat more?
  3318657
January 29, 2012 1:28 PM
Keep doing what you are doing if it's working, but I want the quality of my weight loss to be healthy.
Eating under 1000 calories is not my definition of healthy eating.
Edited by MaximalLife On January 29, 2012 1:34 PM
January 29, 2012 1:29 PM
What I usually suggest is you do what allows you to adhere to your diet. If eating fewer, larger meals helps you stay within your calorie limit for the day, that's going to be more beneficial to you than eating many small meals.

Personally I found that eating smaller more frequent meals, left me angry, wanting food inbetween, so I don't eat that way because its sabotage!!

Do what works best for you and your schedule
January 29, 2012 1:31 PM
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QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!


Thats what I was thinking. Looking in my diary, while I'm not prefect, I eat a lot of veggies/fruits/whole grains/water/low fat dairy and come in at about 1300 - 1400 cals a day (1.5 # loss per week). If I eat back my exercise cals (i use a HRM and food scale so I am close to accurate) I don't lose 1.5 a week; I lose .8 to 1 #.

I've lost 70 and have 16 #s until I reach my goal. Does that mean I need to eat more?


And, since eating 400 at dinner makes me feel ill, is the 1000/200/200 ok if the 1000 is good food (or does quality of food not matter?)?
  3318657
January 29, 2012 1:31 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!


Thats what I was thinking. Looking in my diary, while I'm not prefect, I eat a lot of veggies/fruits/whole grains/water/low fat dairy and come in at about 1300 - 1400 cals a day (1.5 # loss per week). If I eat back my exercise cals (i use a HRM and food scale so I am close to accurate) I don't lose 1.5 a week; I lose .8 to 1 #.

I've lost 70 and have 16 #s until I reach my goal. Does that mean I need to eat more?

Now that you are at a lower bf% you will lose fat slower and muscle more readily, you need to pull your calorie defecit in. 500 cal defecit is bs. You take a 10-20% defecit of your maintenance. Lower percentage the leaner you get. And figure maintenance on lan body mass, no need to feed the fat.
January 29, 2012 1:32 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!


Thats what I was thinking. Looking in my diary, while I'm not prefect, I eat a lot of veggies/fruits/whole grains/water/low fat dairy and come in at about 1300 - 1400 cals a day (1.5 # loss per week). If I eat back my exercise cals (i use a HRM and food scale so I am close to accurate) I don't lose 1.5 a week; I lose .8 to 1 #.

I've lost 70 and have 16 #s until I reach my goal. Does that mean I need to eat more?
I just see that on some days, you eat less than 1000 calories.
That will strip the weight off, but what kind of weight will it be?

Your call.
Again, good luck to you!
Edited by MaximalLife On January 29, 2012 1:33 PM
January 29, 2012 1:34 PM
Actually ive heard that your biggest meal should be in the morning so you can use the calories up through out the day and you dont have the risk of storing any as fat when you go to sleep
January 29, 2012 1:36 PM
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Actually ive heard that your biggest meal should be in the morning so you can use the calories up through out the day and you dont have the risk of storing any as fat when you go to sleep
I've heard that too, however it's incorrect.
  6288475
January 29, 2012 1:37 PM
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Actually ive heard that your biggest meal should be in the morning so you can use the calories up through out the day and you dont have the risk of storing any as fat when you go to sleep


Sorry, that's wrong.
January 29, 2012 1:37 PM
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Keep doing what you are doing if it's working, but I want the quality of my weight loss to be healthy.laugh
Eating under 1000 calories is not my definition of success.


I would probably feel ill if I ate under 1000 cals/day total or if I was always netting under 1000 BUT I'm full at the end of the day and I've eaten a lot of good things (not 1300 - 1400 of chips and frozen burritos). This past year I've felt healthier than I ever have before! :)
  3318657
January 29, 2012 1:37 PM
QUOTE:

Actually ive heard that your biggest meal should be in the morning so you can use the calories up through out the day and you dont have the risk of storing any as fat when you go to sleep


You should have stopped at "I've heard" :) Just saying
January 29, 2012 1:38 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

You are not eating enough in general, and in my opinion, this will never work for long-term, healthy weight loss no matter when or how you eat. Eat more.

Just reset, and try eating 4 meals per day - 400 calories per meal or something like that.
Or go into settings to Update diet/fitness profile.
Set your goals for 1 lb weight loss per week.
NO MORE!
And eat lean meats, low fat dairy, nuts, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies.
Do both cardio and resistance exercise.
AND EAT BACK YOUR EXERCISE CALORIES~!
That's it.



Again, quite simple.

Good Luck!




I am worried by this as it has calculated I need to eat 1200 cals a day, which I am doing. If I exercise I am adding on extra cals....a walk today was 141 cals so I added that on. But some days I just stick to 1200 cals.....If I had 4 meals of 400 cals I would be way over!


Thats what I was thinking. Looking in my diary, while I'm not prefect, I eat a lot of veggies/fruits/whole grains/water/low fat dairy and come in at about 1300 - 1400 cals a day (1.5 # loss per week). If I eat back my exercise cals (i use a HRM and food scale so I am close to accurate) I don't lose 1.5 a week; I lose .8 to 1 #.

I've lost 70 and have 16 #s until I reach my goal. Does that mean I need to eat more?

Now that you are at a lower bf% you will lose fat slower and muscle more readily, you need to pull your calorie defecit in. 500 cal defecit is bs. You take a 10-20% defecit of your maintenance. Lower percentage the leaner you get. And figure maintenance on lan body mass, no need to feed the fat.
^^^^^^^^^^
THIS!
I am struggling with that very issue.
I set calories to 3000 to account for my activity level, exercises and other variables, and am losing a half a pound per week.
Out of the 70 lb total weight loss, half of that resulted from a 2200 calorie diet, reflecting a deficit to affect a 2 lb per week weight loss, and my last 20 lbs were at 2500 where I lost 1lb weekly. After reaching my goals, I reset, then lowered my weekly loss expectation to a half a pound. Again, I have my daily calories set at 3000.
It worksdrinker
Contrast this to lower lean body mass which can stifle metabolism.
Unlike the OP I love to eat - bigsmile

I wish I could trade appetites with you for a few days....I craving bad in the evenings.
January 29, 2012 1:40 PM
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Keep doing what you are doing if it's working, but I want the quality of my weight loss to be healthy.laugh
Eating under 1000 calories is not my definition of success.


I would probably feel ill if I ate under 1000 cals/day total or if I was always netting under 1000 BUT I'm full at the end of the day and I've eaten a lot of good things (not 1300 - 1400 of chips and frozen burritos). This past year I've felt healthier than I ever have before! :)
That must be my disconnect.
I love to eat things you'd consider very bad foods. I love to eat - an Italian thing maybe - drinker

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