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February 6, 2013 6:48 PM
I not only work the night shift but I work 12 hour shifts. I wind up with 2 "friday's" a week and my fridays tend to be around 20-22 hours long. My "sundays" tend to be 12 hours or less. My thought was that I should take my caloric goal and divide it by 16 (since the ideal day is being awake for 16 hours and asleep for 8), then multiply that number by the number of hours I will be awake that day and that will be my caloric goal for that specific day. I know I need more calories on a 22 hour day than a do on a 12 hour day, I'm just trying to figure out how many more.
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February 6, 2013 7:24 PM
I know the longer i stay up the hungrier i get.. So maybe you should stretch your caloric intake 6-7 times per day. Eat small meals(6-7 times per day)
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February 7, 2013 3:24 AM
QUOTE:

I know the longer i stay up the hungrier i get.. So maybe you should stretch your caloric intake 6-7 times per day. Eat small meals(6-7 times per day)


The last time I posted something about this people were telling me that I wasn't eating enough calories to be up that long. This is so confusing! :(
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February 7, 2013 3:45 AM
I do not get your actual schedule and the math.

But I know that I need more fuel when I sleep less. Some of this is really used, because I "do" stuff in that time and don't just lie in my bed. Some of it is because my body does not get the energy from sleeping and asks for it from food (those make me lose less or worst case gain...)

This said: it makes sense to have a weekly goal and spread this over the days. And if your days differs a lot from each other, it makes total sense to adjust it in a way.

That's a thing I like about the exercise-calorie-thing in MFP. I have days with almost no dancing and days with 5-10 hrs of dance training. I need more food on those...!

Good luck with finding what works for you and makes you feel GOOOOOD!
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February 7, 2013 4:28 AM
QUOTE:

I do not get your actual schedule and the math.

But I know that I need more fuel when I sleep less. Some of this is really used, because I "do" stuff in that time and don't just lie in my bed. Some of it is because my body does not get the energy from sleeping and asks for it from food (those make me lose less or worst case gain...)

This said: it makes sense to have a weekly goal and spread this over the days. And if your days differs a lot from each other, it makes total sense to adjust it in a way.

That's a thing I like about the exercise-calorie-thing in MFP. I have days with almost no dancing and days with 5-10 hrs of dance training. I need more food on those...!

Good luck with finding what works for you and makes you feel GOOOOOD!


I have a rotating schedule...one week I work Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday and the next week I work Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. I work midnight to noon. On days where I work but don't work the next day (aka my friday) I try to stay up as late as possible to spend time with my family and such so those days wind up being 20-22 hours long. On my "Sunday" (when I don't work during the day but am preparing to go in at midnight), I wake up whenever, usually by 8am, and have to go to sleep before 4pm to get sleep for work.
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February 7, 2013 12:15 PM
ummm I'm horrible at math....just bumping this so hopefully a smart person can help you.

BUMP!!

You can look up your weekly calorie goal on MFP, so you should be able to make adjustments based on that.
Or you could even switch over to maintenance mode on your super long work days so you get more calories to eat. Just don't forget to change the settings back when you're on normal days.


Ok and now that I've thought about it a little more....changing your settings to maintenance mode on your super long days might be the simplest thing to do. If you switch to maintenance, and you're up for THAT long...you'd probably still be eating at a deficit. You're sure to burn more calories if you're up that long as opposed to normal sleeping days. And also make sure your lifestyle is set to "sedentary."
Edited by EmilyOfTheSun On February 7, 2013 12:19 PM
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February 8, 2013 2:20 AM
bump?
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