Originally Posted by 2feelbetter
I work part time but my typical day would be.
Home by 3:30. Then the problems start as soon as I walk in the door I start snacking.
That's where all those calories come from.
2 feel better
If you had a Dinner instead of snacking at 3.30 when you got home, you could avoid all the snacking and end up eating less and better food. I know this might muck about your routine with hubby but its worth being flexible.
if you do it like this, your lunch at noon could be a bit smaller so that you are hungry enough by the time of your early meal.
Or you should have a bigger lunch that can get you to dinner time without the need for snacking. I have noticed that when going out to work, its that time when work is over and you are on the way home that is the danger time for most people including myself. These days i don't go to work but being in the city for a day has similar aspects to it.
I have some friends who eat two meals a day. Their last meal is at about 3.30. they have breakfast at 11.00. Both are quite big meals. The guy goes for a daily swim and the woman spends most of the day working in the garden.
If you are going to the gym late afternoon or early evening, you probably should still have some thing to replace you energy. there is information i've read about how to do that correctly. You don't want to overeat and you need to eat the right sort of things. Its basically some protein to take care of the recovery and some carbs to replace the energy. You should put aside the concerns about putting back all the calories you just burned unless you are overeating. Its probably something like a protein bar and a banana, although i would eat something else instead of a bar as i don't care for that sort of thing.
Basically when you go to the gym, it should be mainly with the idea of building muscle (which increases your metabolism and strength thereby taking stress of your bones) and fitness, and much less about burning calories.