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Well, I wanted to ask how about 1 meal a day with all of the calories I need lets say me I want 1500 a day. Not necessarilly one meal but a breakfeast that includes 8 oz of yogurt 80 calories total. Then the rest when lunch comes around finish the day off with a huge lunch, then skip dinner? This would leave me feeling full the rest of the day. Any input is welcome thanks.


Lance
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nah you cant do that. I think that would be sabatoge to yourself. Can I ask why you would want to do that? What woulld you eat at the one meal to use up all of your calories? I just dont think this is a healthy approach
Lance - Have you ever tried eating five or six "mini" meals throughout the day or 3 meals with snacks (fruit, raw veggies, etc) in between thoughout the day? One huge meal a day sounds like a plan for disaster.
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Have you actually tried this?? How did it feel?

I think most of us would agree that your body will function much better on three to six meals a day. You will not feel so hungry, and your energy level will stay more even throughout the day.

I don't think you have to exactly balance each meal, but you want your daily totals for calories to include carbs, protein, and fats, in about a 40-30-30 ratio, and always make sure that you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need, too.

Do you do all your activity at once? Not likely. You need to fuel your body consistently, too.
to keep your metabolism on an even keel it is important to not eat like that very often. space your food out over the course of the day. You'll feel better that way and your metabolism is more apt to stay primed.
The reason I would like to do this is because I have tried the 3 meals a day and snacks imbetween and I hate it because I want to satisfy my hunger all at once. When I get done with my typical meal I still feel hungry. I down a bottle of water usually before I eat, but I feel like I still didn't eat enough and my stomach is growling an hour later bc the meal was so small. I havent actually tried this though it was just a thought thta popped up. I have been breaking my "diet" and I'm trying to find something to help settle me down and get back on track. Ignoring all the good foods just, man idk like I can't live w/o them. Can someone tell me how many calories I should reserve for each meal? I was thinking maybe go up to 12 0z of yogurt for breakfeast and that totals 120 calories for breakfeast. Then for lunch like 650 calories and then reserve the rest for dinner? What do you people think? Maybe I was eating to many calories for breakfeast and didnt reserve enough for lunch and dinner. What I was doing is eating 3 eggs which would be 210 calories and then a cup of milk 120 calories totalling 330 calories for breakfeast. I'm not sure if I'm making sense or where I'm getting but help me out please!
lncgmz, sounds like maybe your just not eating the right foods. You can eat 4 egg whites and it's under 100 calories. Instead of eating just a few foods that are loaded in calories, try eating more foods that are less in calories, that way you will feel more full.
Been there done that, woke up in the ER.
Try to eat a good breakfest, bigger lunch and medium dinner, with healthy snacks between. You can do way to much damage to you ENTIRE body eating one meal only. Your heart, liver, kidney's and the rest, all count on the food you eat each day. Not only the fat and muscels.
Just a suggestion for a breakfast that's just as good, but a li'l better for you ....
multi-grain english muffin (100 calories)
Eggbeaters cheese n chive (35 calories for 1/4 cup, but I use 1/2 cup, so 70 calories)
slice of fat free cheese (30 calories)

I toast the english muffin, put the slice of cheese on one side, and put 1/4 cup stovetop-cooked eggbeaters on each of the muffin halves, and have 2 open-faced egg sandwiches for only 200 calories
Add a cup of 1/2% milk (100 calories)
or a cup of orange juice (110 calories).

This keeps me full for quite awhile, it's very tasty, and though it's not real eggs, it's just as good.
Ok, you are talking about eating one meal a day. or just a small breakfast and a big lunch. That will not carry you for the rest of the day.

I do two things. One I just started a few days ago, and I found that it works well. 1 I make sure I eat a small breakfast. I mix a cup of yogurt with a cup of honey bunches of oats.

Lunch I do yogurt again with soup or yogurt and a apple.. What ever i am feeling. And for my dinner. I make sure I have dinner befor 7.. That is a must. Dinner.. I have salad and 4 oz of meat.. No pork or red meat.. My meat and veggies has to be steamed or boiled

No snacks and I watch my carbs. I start my day off with breakfast at 7 and i end it with dinner before 7. I also drink a lot of water too.. I try to keep it at 64 oz a day.

If I miss a meal. I don't try to make up for it with a heavy meal at the end of the day. If I missed that meal that's ok.

Doing this for a few days and working out has giving me an weight loss of 4 pounds this week alone.

I also take Dexatrim Results Appetite Control.. It works great I like to think..

You have to eat. Plan your meal the night before and do it. I put every thing i plan to eat in a basket.. Try it and see if it will work for you. Oh! And make sure you do some kind of work out for 30 to 45 mins a day.. Make sure you mix it up a little..

Lynn
Hey Lance..
Are you trying to lose weight or just change your way of eating??? If your trying to change your eating habits use a smaller plate and don't eat fried foods!

OTHERWISE..............
If your trying to lose weight then that is NO good!
You need to eat. Its not going to help if you only eat 2x a day. If you are trying to lose weight then your metoblism is not working right. You need to keep it moving! Try 3 small meals and 2-3 snacks. Do not eat after 7pm and give yourself a reward for being good and losing weight.
Good Luck and DUDE eat!! Just eat healthy!!!
I follow a meal planner my husband got when he found out he was diabetic. I adjust it a bit, but it pretty much just a ehalthy way to eat that includes all food groups. for 1500 calories the menu plan looks like this:
Breakfast-2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 milk
Lunch- 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat
Dinner- 2 starch, 2 meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 2 fat
evening snack- 1 starch, 1 milk
Note: a serving of vegetables is 1/2 c cooked or 1 c raw. A serving of meat it one oz ( this is where I modify and add a little more meat to my portions). Fats are things like 1 t butter, 1 T cream cheese, 1 t mayo or 1 T reduced fat mayo, 2 T reduced calories salad dressing etc. Hope this is a little help. I actually get pretty full on this menu. Good luck
Thanks for all those who made suggestions for me. I will try to do some adjusting to my meal habits to make sure I'm on the right track. One meal a day is a bad idea so I won't do that. I understand how my metabolism has to be consistent throghout the day. But one more thing I usually stay out pretty late on the weekends and my friends and I sometimes hit up a 24/7 restaurant like Whataburger or IHOP like at 4 am. What if I eat some type of breakfeast from there that early? This is only on the weekends not an everyday thing.
4 am is the next day. How late do you sleep after a night out? If you sleep until 11 or noon, then you'll be ready for lunch when you wake up.
I dont think that is healthy. You need at least three meals a day with healthy snacks. I think you need to rethink your eating plan. huggers
the six mini-meal thing doesn't really work for me, either. i understand the advantage of it, metabolically-speaking, but i don't have a chance to stop and eat 4 times through the morning and afternoon (restaurant manager). i don't want to just scarf it down in a few minutes, b/c that takes the enjoyment out of eating at all, and then i'll just want more later. i see all OVER the place how eating breakfast is so beneficial, but i found that i had consumed more calories at the end of the day rather than when skipping it(regardless of the assertion that skipping breakfast makes you eat more later). every once in a while i'll eat something in the morning if i'm just starving (i just discovered Quaker Q-Smart bars: 10 g protein, only 120 cal!!!), but if i'm not really hungry, then i'll hold off until 2pm. i try to keep my cal count below 500 before i go home @ night (6ish), that way i have ~700-900 to eat at dinner.
here's where the mini-meal thing really doesn't work. in the evening, i do NOT want a deck-of-cards-sized piece of meat and some green veggies. i LOVE to cook all kinds of things, and that consists of more than the typical "mini-meal". i enjoy cooking, and i have been keeping it healthy (lots of veggies on the side, a few whole-grain carbs, not too much high-fat dairy). but when i make a batch of Osso Buco or something, eating just a half a cup of it (or whatever the right portion would be) doesn't cut it. so if i minimalize my daytime calories, i get to savor a decent sized meal that isn't just "1/2 cup steamed vegetables, salad with a tablespoon of f.f. dressing, and 3 oz. of boneless skinless chicken breast".
i think another thing is the absolutes. i tried to make myself eat breakfast everyday for a couple weeks. but sometimes i wouldn't even really be hungry first thing. i'm like, why am i eating something now when i don't crave it? i'd rather ration the calories for later when i'm really ready for it. so i quit making it absolute that i eat something for breakfast. sometimes i do, sometimes i don't. if i do, i eat lighter @ lunch to stay under my 500 cal (during the day). and if i don't feel the need for breakfast, i get more at lunch. either way, then i don't have to feel like i screwed up when i eat a good sized plate of food later.
so if you WANT to occasionally eat just one meal a day so that you get that satisfaction of eating a big meal, go for it. and then other days, if you're not in the mood to starve until lunch, eat breakfast and then not such a big meal.
i just found that when i tried to make myself repeat the same routine every day, it didn't work, so i just do it day-by-day.
Sounds like not to bad of a plan, I think I'll maybe eat a very small breakfeast though all the time bc my stomach goes crazy w/o it. Then I can eat a pretty small lunch and consume the rest for dinner. I have been going to subway a lot and man thats money i keep wasting. Thats most of the reason I lost 10 pounds so far but I cant keep spending money like that.
For breakfast try eating fruits, especially those that have water, such as grapes or watermelon. Fruit are a good breakfast food and they contain lots of good things and are low in calories. Watch it though because some are higher in calories than other. If you want to feel like you are eating more, choose fruit low in calories and eat bigger portions, it will fill you up. Then try a light lunch, a salad with some type of fat free dressing. Try to get dinner in as early as possible, and make sure it is healthy. If you are out all night and need to eat at 4am, then treat this as breakfast, put a cooler in your car if you have to that holds your fruit.


Another thing I have found useful, if you know that you are not hungry, but just want something, try sugar free gum. They have lots of flavors.

Sometimes on the weekend, I'll sleep until about 10, then go out and have a yummy breakfast skillet (about 1000), then have dinner (about 500 calories) around 4 or 5...
My boyfriend sort of does that and he doesn't have a weight problem at all. I think it's a very individual thing.

He drinks about 8 ounces of skim milk for breakfast.

Then around 2 in the afternoon he may either drink another 8 ounces of skim milk, or he might get a piece of string cheese, etc.

Then around 7 or 8 pm, he eats a generous, but not gluttonous meal, including 2 veggies, a generous serving of lean protein (often fish or seafood and never fried) and he finishes up with a small bowl of ice cream.

He goes to bed around 1 or 2 am.

Personally, even before I was disgnosed as prediabetic, I could not eat the way he does. But it works for him and he's very healthy - low cholesterol, active lifestyle... he's a hottie...

A lot of it is genetic and you have to figure out what works for you. For most of us on here, one big meal a day would not work. But a lot of us do not have robust metabolisms, and one meal a day is likely to make that problem worse.

After you eat a big meal, don't you feel lethargic? Or like you're moving in slow motion?
I found this trick works sometimes. Eat an apple and have a glass of water before every meal. It's healthy and you will eat less of your meal. Do try some bread, cereal and especially oatmeal for breakfast. I find yogurt just doesn't cut it for me unless I have some sort of grain with it.
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