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i work from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m. alot. What do i do about my eating schedule? I usually wake up at around 11 a.m. or so and i think that is lunch time. Do i start my breakfast then and puch lunch and dinner back or do i skip breakfast and start with lunch? it's been one of the biggest problems in me losing weight...

Tue. May 15, 11:30am

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Just make sure you have those 3 meals -- starting with "lunch" is actually a really good idea, since starting your day off with a big meal and finishing up with a lighter one is ideal.

It also sounds like you're not getting 8 hours sleep, since finishing work at 3am means bedtime is 4-5am. A decent night's sleep really does make a difference in the way your body functions, and supports your weight loss efforts both physiologically and psychologically (most people, when tired, reach for comfort foods). See if you can do something about that too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 1:19 PM

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Personally, I dont think you ever should skip breakfast, if that is when you get up then I would think that would be your breakfast-yoru first meal and all, but that is just my opinion!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 2:11 PM

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I'M PRETTY SURE THAT AS LONG AS YOU EAT A MEAL SHORTLY AFTER WAKING UP AND GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR DAY (oops!), that it doesn't matter if it's typical breakfast food, per se. i mean, you could have eggs and toast with fruit or a grilled cheese and tomatoe with fruit or even a salad with some baked fish and some fruit. the menu isn't what matters, it's that you eat.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 2:51 PM

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When you wake up at 11 you should eat breakfast no later than an hour
of waking up. Then eat every three hours from there. Make sure
your meals are well balanced with Protein, Veggie, Fruits, and Carbs.
Don't forget your dairy and at least one low fat item.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 3:32 PM

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I also work nights (7p-7a) 1-2 days a week. I agree that it really doesn't matter what you eat when you wake up - whatever tastes good, if you call it lunch then you can have dinner at work and breakfast before you go to bed. If i'm just working one night I get up with my kids and usually don't eat, just coffee. I stay up until 1 or 2 then take a nap, get up and have cereal. At work I ususlly have a healthy snack around 10 and then eat a meal around 2-3 - usually nothing when I get home until after I sleep.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 3:46 PM

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If you eat when you get up, that is breakfast, even if you eat lunch-type foods. You should eat when you get up, and then at least two other times, up to as many as you want, but within a calorie limit. There isn't anything special about "breakfast foods" as a category, rather just that you eat to start your day.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 4:41 PM

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