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Saving calories for the evening

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I’ve been tracking my daily calorie intake for a while now and a few things are for certain:

  • It’s hard to figure out how many calories certain foods have.- for example when eating out or enjoying a homemade meal.,
  • Once the tracking is a habit it’s easy to remember to do.
  • Planning calories for much of the day helps a lot. I enter the planned foods (and calories) for lunch and snacks often before 8 a.m.
  • Evenings can be the hardest time to stay on track.

Since it can be easy to go over my calorie goal in the evenings, I try saving calories for the evening. Usually if I have around 1,200 calories left by the time I get home, around 5 or 6 p.m., that’s usually enough for the rest of the day. If I’m under 900 calories at that time of the day I can be in trouble.

Why can it be harder in the evenings? For me there are several reasons:

  • Eating out of boredom.
  • Dinner often has been the biggest meal. Perhaps my body still remembers that?
  • Is there an old expectation that we eat while watching TV? Maybe.
  • We are just relaxing and there’s time to think about food and eating.
  • Everyone else is eating, too.
  • The newborn got me up and is eating, too.
  • I didn’t eat well throughout the day and now my body is screaming for more (and better) food.

And some of the things I’ve done about it:

  • When I feel like it want to eat out of boredom: I find something to do, maybe exercise again, have a glass or two of water or write a blog post.
  • I often now “skip” dinner and just have a much smaller meal that time of the day. This could be a yogurt or two, a protein shake or a sandwich.
  • Ask other family members to buy only treats that you don’t like. My six-year-old and wife love mint ice cream. I can’t stand it. I encourage them to buy that for a treat – over chocolate chip, which I love.
  • Keep calories for at least 1-2 snacks later in the evening.
  • Don’t “waste” calories on alcohol – especially when running low on calories for the day.

Keeping track of calories and hitting daily goals can be a dance. Sometimes we might not hit them, but it’s possible to achieve daily goals and lose weight over the long haul.

Another tip: Have one binge day a week, where you don’t keep track of calories at all and can eat whatever you’d like. Now, I would only recommend this if the other six days met calorie goals.

How to keep track of calories? I use the MyFitnessPal app.

Disclaimers: The information provided in articles is for informational purposes only and not personalized advice. It's accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time it's published. Enjoy and best of luck telling the best stories in your organization and life!

Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph 319-389-9853

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