100 lb. Club - If you have calories left to eat at the end of a day




Smiling_Sara
04-01-2008, 10:18 PM
do you try and fit them in somehow or use them as bonus calories the next day, or just not use them at all?


dgramie
04-01-2008, 10:46 PM
I try to get close to my calorie goal. If i am low one day I do not eat at night to get them in. I do not eat after 7pm. I might eat a few extra one day if I came in really low the day before. Think about what you ate and how you can add healthy calories thru the day. I eat almonds when that happens to get a 170 calories and some good fat and fiber.

Shy Moment
04-01-2008, 10:54 PM
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I eat from the time I get up until I go to bed to get the required amounts of the four basic food groups in. If I don't have enough calories in I try to eat something else to get them close to where I want them to be. Remember it is calories in and calories out. I plan my meals the night before so usually have everything right where it should be.


Glory87
04-01-2008, 10:58 PM
Well, it depends. I always figure those days I'm not very hungry will be balanced by days I go a little over. If I'm dramatically under (like 1000 when I mean to hit 1600) I would eat a snack.

penmage
04-01-2008, 11:09 PM
I was just about to post this same question! Are you in my head? *suspicious*
I'm about 200 under, and it's 10pm. I'm not hungry (I could eat, though, but I know I'm not actually hungry) so I think I'll just leave things as they are. I did have a bad day Sunday, though, and leaving out those 200 calories would make up for that, at least partially.

RealCdn
04-01-2008, 11:10 PM
I plan meals/snacks the day before so I don't ever have calories left at the end of the day. If I did hit the end of the day with calories left over I'd either use them, or not (as I felt). Adding them to another day might be dangerous, for me at least. :)

mandalinn82
04-02-2008, 12:11 AM
If I was hungry, or even snacky, I'd eat them.

If I was drastically under where I wanted to be, too, I'd eat them.

If it was close-ish and I didn't really need/really want them, I'd let them go. Wouldn't use them the next day, though.

Idealmuse
04-02-2008, 02:08 AM
Same as mandalinn82...

One exception though on high exercise days I don't always eat to my calorie target, (My Target changes based on Activity) as long as I feel I've had decent calories on that day (usually 1500+) I sometimes just let it go.

When I want to bump up my calories but I'm not hungry but I feel I NEED them then I eat something like PB or Nuts.

GirlyGirlSebas
04-02-2008, 08:58 AM
I never have any left over.:)

findingfawn
04-02-2008, 09:20 AM
You know this is a funny question.. since I just delt with it yesterday!

I was trying to stay around 1200 calories for a bit when I got serious a few weeks ago, I was barely hitting that mark and although I didn't feel hungry (I chose lots of low cal healthy foods), my head started feeling like it was kinda messed up.. so I upped my cals to 1600 a day. I try to get there but because of my food choices I rarely do! Yesterday I found after dinner I had not even hit 900, and I had eaten all day long! I did have some extra calories last night to bring me up over 1200.. they weren't the best choices, but at that point I just wanted to be over the 1200 mark for the day.

As long as I hit 1200 I don't push to get any more in.

Sandi
04-02-2008, 10:16 AM
I would always have extra stuff at dinner and then a bigger dessert if I had the calories left over. That's why this time I am trying not to count calories.

Trazey34
04-02-2008, 10:48 AM
I guess if it was after 8 pm I'd have to let it go :(

and then CURSE myself for a fool for letting it slide LOL and never make that mistake again ;)

KateB
04-02-2008, 11:24 AM
It depends. First of all, for the most part, I don't worry about WHEN I eat. In fact my dietician WANTS me to eat a snack around 9:00 or 10:00 each evening to help keep blood sugar more level throughout the night. Also some nights I go to the gym before I have supper. Those nights I don't get home until 7:30 or 8:00. Then I make/eat supper.

I try to look at how many calories I have left for the day just before I make supper. If I have quite a few I might add a serving of healthy carbs (either brown rice or fruit) or else I might add some pine nuts or walnuts to whatever I am making. UNLESS I am having salmon....then i have a bigger piece of salmon...I LOVE IT!!!

If for whatever reason I am way under (200 calories or more) I will have a little bigger evening snack.

One thing I DON'T do is bank my calories from day to day. If I go over (knock on wood this has only happened twice since January) I put more time in at the gym. If I am under I don't save them for another day. I occasionaly will east a lighter breakfat and lunch if we are going out someplace and I am unable to find nutrition information for the place we are going online.

SORRY...that got kind of long

Smiling_Sara
04-04-2008, 05:19 PM
Another question. Wouldn't not eating the calories be the same as changing your weight loss goal? ei: the less calories I eat the more I will lose? Only not changing the goal, the results would just be above what the goal was set for?

( I hope that makes sense )

Lyn2007
04-04-2008, 05:44 PM
For me it has never been as simple as "calories in, calories out." So I don't think it means you are changing your goal if you don't eat them. Some days your body burns fewer calories than others and you won't feel as hungry. If you just eat anyway, you still burned fewer calories. At least that's how I think about it.

Some days I am really snacky and go over by 100, so I think in the long run it all averages out.

yoyonomoreinvegas
04-04-2008, 05:54 PM
ei: the less calories I eat the more I will lose?
( I hope that makes sense )

That thinking is so ingrained in our minds isn't it? But, turns out, we've been way wrong all these years. It really depends on your specific needs and current intake but you need to make sure you are getting enough fuel for your lifestyle and activity level. I'd say if you are a 100 calories short one day it's not going to be the end of the world as long as it doesn't happen too often - same as going over 100. Just don't let yourself fall into the trap of thinking your "doing good" if you go under - tough trap to shake.

midwife
04-04-2008, 06:01 PM
One of my friends has a daughter who is fighting anorexia. Part of the treatment is measured, portioned, planned meals.

I realized that my eating plan is a lot like that. My day is planned, and I stick very close to it. The part of me that signals hunger and satiety is broken. Some days I am very hungry all day---I stick to the plan. Other days I am not very hungry---I stick to the plan. I need a certain number of calories, protein and other nutrients to meet my health goal and how I "feel" on a certain day cannot really influence that. Eating according to how I "feel" didn't turn out so good. Some nights I am not hungry for my last mini-meal, but I eat it anyway. Other nights I am hungry still after it. Oh well.

So I don't really have anything left over. I meet my calorie goals for the day as best as I can.

I know there are those who are intuitive eaters. Not me though.

Smiling_Sara
04-04-2008, 06:21 PM
That thinking is so ingrained in our minds isn't it? But, turns out, we've been way wrong all these years. It really depends on your specific needs and current intake but you need to make sure you are getting enough fuel for your lifestyle and activity level. I'd say if you are a 100 calories short one day it's not going to be the end of the world as long as it doesn't happen too often - same as going over 100. Just don't let yourself fall into the trap of thinking your "doing good" if you go under - tough trap to shake.

Right, but depending on your goal, the intake would change a bit. For example, if I am rooting for 2lbs a week, (1849 cals a dat ) I still can eat 508 calories today ( I had a big lunch, including pumpkin cake someone brought in ) If I root for 3lbs a week (1349 cals a day) I am already at my limit.

Now let's say my goal is 2lbs a week, ( it's really 3 ) and I eat 300 of that 508 allowed at 2lbs a week, I have 200 left over. If I don't eat those, it moves toward the 3lbs a week.

Again, I may not be making sense, it's a bit confusing to me.

dgramie
04-04-2008, 08:48 PM
from everything I am learning it might go toward your loss unless it slows your metablism down and stalls your weight loss. I have truly noticed the weeks I loose the best are the weeks i eat the most calories.

deathnotronic
04-04-2008, 11:44 PM
I usually just leave it be, regardless of where I'm at. I try to keep it at 2000 calories and under and I've been doing really well. Like today for instance, I ate a bowl of cereal (Rice Crispies, mmm) and throughout the day I ate a foot long turkey sub from Subway, I'm not hungry now but if I want a snack I can still have one. And if I screw up tomorrow, I'm still okay.