Monday, April 26, 2010

Elusive Before Bed Point

My challenge with the Before Bed points is this: I determine if I'm in my range in the evening and if I'm under, I don't have much time to enjoy the difference before my two hour limit kicks in. So, I'm thinking I should follow Audrey's advice and eat more early in the day. Roughly how do you break down your day calorie wise? For me, it's been, on average, breakfast 18%, morning snack 7%, lunch 23-29%, afternoon snack 7%, dinner 29-34%, leaving me with between 5 -16% after dinner. Too much late in the day, right?


  1. Kudos to you for doing all the math to make these percentages add up right! I can't tell you percentages, but I defininely think my biggest intakes are at breakfast and lunch. I'm trying to make dinner a little smaller.

  2. That is such a great question! I've always wondered the same thing and found a great reference on Trainer Momma a while back that I try to follow: and

    Hope that helps a bit!

  3. Alicia those are great post from Trainer Momma.

    Melissa, my meals are all about the same. If one happens to be lighter I add a little to my afternoon snack or dinner. I rarely have calories for a night time snack. Usually only about 100 calories, I can enjoy a fudge bar, sugar free pudding etc. I always try to make it a treat that fits in between 8 and 8:30. I upped the points because I've been eating more later and going over my calories or maybe not because I didn't eat enough earlier in the day but eating them late is not a great idea.

    I'd say try bigger snacks to start.

  4. This is easy, eat a larger breakfast and lunch. Your math amazes me, I wouldn't have thought to do the percentages as I'm into simplification. I would just look at the calories for each meal and ramp them up where needed. I know you're not supposed to eat two hours before bedtime but my trainer wants me drinking my protein supplement before bedtime. I suppose if I was counting points I wouldn't get that 1 bedtime point but my trade off is I will be burning 400 calories while I sleep. I'll take the 400 calorie burn off and skip the point.

  5. Thanks for all the advice ladies! The Trainer Mama posts were indeed very helpful. Right to the point in fact.