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When do you eat your calories during the day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2013 at 2:32 AM

As followup to a post I saw today, "How many calories do you eat a day?"

My question is, what is your caloric intake schedule for the day? Why?

Do you:

(1) Eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, and pauper for dinner.

(2) Do the "Warrior Diet". That is, eat a huge dinner with nothing more than the lightest snacks the rest of the day.

(3) "Graze" throughout the day in 5 or 6 small meals.

(4) Eat 3 square meals only. No snacking in between meals.

(5) Eat 3 square meals, but allow 2 snacks - one intermediate between breakfast and lunch, the second between lunch and dinner. The idea is to keep blood sugar levels at an even keel.

Personally, I aim for a light breakfast followed by a light-medium lunch. And whatever size dinner. This schedule is specific to my work requirements, that I maintain a relatively high mental performance throughout the day and not go sluggish due to a big meal or sugar binge.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 31, 2013
at 11:39 PM

Thanks anyway! best of luck with it all.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on January 31, 2013
at 10:03 PM

@ Hannah - Sorry I haven't been working out since eating this way so I really don't know how it would go.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Hey Zak! I just started the bulletproof diet with IF and had a quick question. Why do you forgo protein post work out. I am about to start incorporating work outs before my dinner meal and i'm trying to find the best way to go about it. Thanks.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:16 PM

Hey! I just started eating like this and i'm thinking about incorporating a work out in before my meal. Do you have any thoughts on this. Should I include a pre work out of MCT oil or something? I would love any advice you have.

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7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on January 29, 2013
at 12:35 PM

I have a 700 calorie coffee with butter and MCT oil for breakfast and then 1 solid meal at dinner.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:16 PM

Hey! I just started eating like this and i'm thinking about incorporating a work out in before my meal. Do you have any thoughts on this. Should I include a pre work out of MCT oil or something? I would love any advice you have.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 31, 2013
at 11:39 PM

Thanks anyway! best of luck with it all.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on January 31, 2013
at 10:03 PM

@ Hannah - Sorry I haven't been working out since eating this way so I really don't know how it would go.

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 29, 2013
at 05:21 PM

3 square meals, with one afternoon snack so that I don't want to kill my child while I'm making dinner (whining + hungry mom = ARRRGGGHHH). Lunch & dinner are roughly equal calories, breakfast & snack are smaller but again roughly equal to each other. I don't eat between 7pm & 7am unless I've had a hard evening training session, then I might have a light snack. This is mostly the pattern I fall into if I'm left to my own devices, so I trust it. Every time I try to tweak the schedule according to someone else's plan, I get cranky with it and overeat.

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D2c2027f4456b61627d5241cc15be67c

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on January 29, 2013
at 04:32 PM

I do intermittent fasting, so I have a lot of calories from saturated fats when I first wake up with my bulletproof coffee. I don't have my first meal until 2 pm. Then I usually have a light snack/meal at 4 pm, and dinner around 7:30 or 8 pm. I try to have a lower fat dinner with a lot of veggies. On days I work out hard (once or twice a week) I will forgo protein at dinner and add some carbs from either sweet potatoes or white rice. I am doing the bulletproof diet, and I absolutely love it! I am blogginf about it here: http://bulletproofcoffee.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/starting-the-bulletproof-diet-and-bullet-proof-coffee-w-intermittent-fasting/

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on January 29, 2013
at 10:20 PM

Hey Zak! I just started the bulletproof diet with IF and had a quick question. Why do you forgo protein post work out. I am about to start incorporating work outs before my dinner meal and i'm trying to find the best way to go about it. Thanks.

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:53 PM

Pretty much three squares, no snacking. On weekends sometimes I will have two meals (brunch and dinner) and a small snack somewhere in there. It varies depending on whether I'm traveling or super busy, but that's usually how it works out. If I'm really hungry for a snack I'll eat one, but I prefer not to snack.

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on January 29, 2013
at 01:32 PM

I pretty much come in under number (2). This started when I was on holiday a year ago, and since then it has just been 'plain convenient'.

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on January 29, 2013
at 07:17 AM

I eat three square meals which I try to time somewhat consistently to adapt my body to a steady rhytm. I've been doing this for some months now and it seems to work - I'm energised right from when I wake up and have no problem sleeping in the evening. I don't have any snacks during the day (and have no desire for them at all) except for some bleak coffee in varying amounts. If I really go out on the coffee I'll have 5mg caffeine/kg but that's only on rare occasions.

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Ee6932fe54ad68039a8d5f7a8caa0468

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on January 29, 2013
at 05:04 AM

i vacillate between 3 meals, getting sequentially larger, or doing one big breakfast and one big dinner, thus skipping lunch.

sometimes i skip breakfast and lunch, like maybe once every two weeks. cause i like the spacey feeling, and you get these weird happy waves. i'm serious.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on January 29, 2013
at 04:25 AM

I usually eat a huge breakfast, just snack a bit for lunch, then eat a moderate or heavy dinner, depending on how much I worked out for the day.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:34 AM

i eat 2 big meals a day. first one is between 12-3pm (depending on when i wake up/work out). i always start with freshly squeezed juice or bone broth. next one is around 7-8 pm and is also big.

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:02 AM

I eat three fairly square meals plus several snacks but the biggest in terms of calories is breakfast. 2-3 eggs, banana, almonds, dried cranberries is typical. Sometimes supper rivals it but not usually.

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23a240b30b8622fed011ccbd4054fac2

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:42 AM

I'm like you. I eat one fried egg for breakfast, a very light lunch (usually another fried egg and some veggies), workout at night, then eat to my heart's content at dinner. I love this set-up, and I agree - it doesn't make me feel sluggish at all during the day and it makes me enjoy my dinner that much more.

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Too bad you can't post a poll. In your groupings I'm closest to #3.

I always eat breakfast on waking at around 5am (unless I'm doing a fasted workout),

eat 2nd breakfast at around 9:30 or 10,

lunch @ noon

snack @ 3

dinner @ 6ish

snack around 8 (and try not to eat later than 9 unless I'm really hungry or in a massive calorie hole)

and head to bed around 10:30

lunch and dinner tend to be a little larger than breakfast, snacks are usually pretty light (apple and some nuts).

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