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    Calorie Distribution Throughout Day

    How important is actual calorie distribution throughout the day. I try to eat every 2.5 hours to keep my metabolism burning, but 1/3 of all my calories for a day comes at dinner. For most of the day I'm running on about 1000-1100 calories, even though I have healthy snacks. Is this ok? Here's a sample of what my day looks like:

    BREAKFAST
    -protein smoothie (250 calories)

    SNACK 1
    strawberries/low GI fruit/applesauce (50 calories)

    LUNCH
    -health choice frozen meal (~300 calories)
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    SNACK 2
    -protein bar (210 calories)

    SNACK 3
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    DINNER
    -Healthy Choice frozen meal (300)
    -yoghurt (110)
    -frozen veges w/ cheese (100 calories)
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    Originally Posted by Plain Jane View Post
    How important is actual calorie distribution throughout the day. I try to eat every 2.5 hours to keep my metabolism burning, but 1/3 of all my calories for a day comes at dinner. For most of the day I'm running on about 1000-1100 calories, even though I have healthy snacks. Is this ok? Here's a sample of what my day looks like:

    BREAKFAST
    -protein smoothie (250 calories)

    SNACK 1
    strawberries/low GI fruit/applesauce (50 calories)

    LUNCH
    -health choice frozen meal (~300 calories)
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    SNACK 2
    -protein bar (210 calories)

    SNACK 3
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    DINNER
    -Healthy Choice frozen meal (300)
    -yoghurt (110)
    -frozen veges w/ cheese (100 calories)
    I think it's pretty important. It's not like you won't lose any fat if you don't get the distribution right, but you'll get much faster results if it is right.

    I think most people see better results when they make their morning meals bigger than ones late in the day.
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    Originally Posted by Plain Jane View Post
    How important is actual calorie distribution throughout the day. I try to eat every 2.5 hours to keep my metabolism burning, but 1/3 of all my calories for a day comes at dinner. For most of the day I'm running on about 1000-1100 calories, even though I have healthy snacks. Is this ok? Here's a sample of what my day looks like:

    BREAKFAST
    -protein smoothie (250 calories)

    SNACK 1
    strawberries/low GI fruit/applesauce (50 calories)

    LUNCH
    -health choice frozen meal (~300 calories)
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    SNACK 2
    -protein bar (210 calories)

    SNACK 3
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    DINNER
    -Healthy Choice frozen meal (300)
    -yoghurt (110)
    -frozen veges w/ cheese (100 calories)

    I think you should be more worried about your food choices then your "distribution". 1100 calories at 182lbs? You should be eating at LEAST 1800 calories.


    Yogurt three times a day? Why?


    Veggies toppled with cheese? What's the point? Get rid of the cheese.
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    The Healthy Choice meals are good in a pinch but should not be your staple diet. Try throwing in some real foods - natural chicken breasts - potatoes - oats - ECT...

    Also - get rid of the protein bars. These are nothing more than candy bars that happen to have protein in them. They are absolutely crap for cutting. I will have one when I just have that crazy sweet tooth.
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    Originally Posted by mridgley View Post
    The Healthy Choice meals are good in a pinch but should not be your staple diet. Try throwing in some real foods - natural chicken breasts - potatoes - oats - ECT...

    Also - get rid of the protein bars. These are nothing more than candy bars that happen to have protein in them. They are absolutely crap for cutting. I will have one when I just have that crazy sweet tooth.
    I agree 100%, Healthy Choice is good for a day when you're away from home and on the run. Not for your everyday meals.

    As far as the protein bars, they have a time and a place, and that's no where near cutting. As this poster stated.
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    Yea...I agree, I think you need to get the constituents of your diet down before you think about timing.

    There's a lot of processed food there...the MRP bar, the frozen lunch, and the yogurt unless it's plain or minimally processed without added HFCS. Plus your calories are REALLY low. I don't see much protein there either. Have you tried to figure out macro ratios yet?
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    In terms of building muscle , I believe it to be vital. It terms of preserving muscle , it's not as important.
    But I believe distribution is far better then fasting.

    As far as that diet. I would eliminate all frozen meals as they are just processed food with alot of added chemicals and preservatives. Secondly all those "protein bars" I would also eliminate because they are very low quality protein and alot of unnecessary sugar. Yogurt is a great snack infact. The probiotics in yogurt help to digest proteins but it's better to eat plain yogurt. Unlike the other guy , As long as the cheese is real cheese instead of some processed cheese like velveta , then there's nothing wrong with it. Real Cheese is not unhealthy at all.


    Originally Posted by Plain Jane View Post
    How important is actual calorie distribution throughout the day. I try to eat every 2.5 hours to keep my metabolism burning, but 1/3 of all my calories for a day comes at dinner. For most of the day I'm running on about 1000-1100 calories, even though I have healthy snacks. Is this ok? Here's a sample of what my day looks like:

    BREAKFAST
    -protein smoothie (250 calories)

    SNACK 1
    strawberries/low GI fruit/applesauce (50 calories)

    LUNCH
    -health choice frozen meal (~300 calories)
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    SNACK 2
    -protein bar (210 calories)

    SNACK 3
    -yoghurt (110 calories)

    DINNER
    -Healthy Choice frozen meal (300)
    -yoghurt (110)
    -frozen veges w/ cheese (100 calories)
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    Search the forums and lean all about MACROS.

    Calories are important - just as important are the macros within these calories.

    Get that straight - then fix the distribution.
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    Your calories are far too low based on 188, if your 1000-1100. The low to mid 2000's is perfect, youll lose fat faster, and get harder, trust me.lower your dinner cals, especially starch carbs if cutting, and up your breakfast and first- snack cals.
    When do you train? This is important. I train early AM, and after-training is my biggest cal meal by far. While cutting, you still need cals to repair muscle, keep the metabolism revving. You should research your macro-nutrients further. Good luck.
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    How you distribute your calories depends on when you train. 1/3rd of your calories at dinner isn't bad as long as you're training before dinner.

    If you train in the morning you should move those calories to the morning.

    Other than that, like the others posted, I would try to replace the protein bars with real food and clean up the other food choices. If you're short on time and that's the reason for the frozen dinners, popping open a can of tuna and grabbing some raw veggies is about as fast as it gets and it's healthier for you.
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    I see that many people are saying that this personm isnt taking in enough calories. How do I know how many calories I shoukld take in daily. Im 6'8 and about 402lbs. I lift hard 4 days a week and do cardio 30 mins at least 5 days a week. any ideas of how many calories I should be taking in?
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    Originally Posted by the_rev_jjk View Post
    I see that many people are saying that this personm isnt taking in enough calories. How do I know how many calories I shoukld take in daily. Im 6'8 and about 402lbs. I lift hard 4 days a week and do cardio 30 mins at least 5 days a week. any ideas of how many calories I should be taking in?
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    thanks!
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