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How much food do you really need?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., June 23, 2010 - 12:17pm

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Brierley asks: What does a day of eating look like for you?


I eat a lot and I'm sure it's not a healthy balance of what I am supposed to eat. I don't even know why portions are the way there are. like how much of what do I need. specifically. how many grams of food and more of what.


01/05/2014 - 11:22am

I eat super healthy and very portioned all day the. Blow the portions out at night with red wine. :)


06/09/2013 - 1:44am

how much food do we need to eat


05/21/2013 - 2:10pm

I'm a 50 year old man. I cycle 15 miles every day with an occassional two a day cardio thrown in where I'll add a 2.5 mile run. Every other day I do a complete body resistance training routine - medium weight, hi repetition. I eat a cup of cheerios for breakfast. Two salmon patties for lunch and a green salad for dinner. I have two snacks a day, 1 low fat yogurt @ 90 cals & a cup of trail mix at 135 cals. I am unable to lose weight unless I eliminate two meals as mentioned and double my cycling mileage from 15 to 30. Life can be difficult when you're a hard loser.


03/26/2013 - 7:51pm

I am currently on a 350 caloies a day Only One meal a day coffe in the morning that is it


03/19/2012 - 1:18am

I had gastric bypass surgery 5 yrs ago. Lost almost 200 lbs and have kept most of it off. Stanford Medical Center, where I had my surgery (awesome!), recommended a low fat/low carb diet. My breakfast is my big meal, but I usually eat 1/2 at breakfast then the rest a couple hours later. Always have 1 slice flourless whole grain bread, 1 egg, smart balance, avocado and cheese. Throughout the day, I pick at the foods I pack: usually nuts or dry roasted edemame (low carb), 3-4 ounces of meat, veggies and 1 cup of homemade bean soup. I usually snack when I get home: cheese or maybe some whole grain chips. Dinner is a meat, veggies and sometimes potato (small or 1/2). I did start eating more of what I call "crap carbs" for a while and noticed that the more I eat the more I CAN eat, so I've gone back to trying to keep those out of my diet. I started adding low carb shakes and bars for when I need to snack. And for real emergencies, I freeze left over stuff, like cheesecake, cut up into small squares. When I estimate my calories, I usually come in around 1200-1300 a day.


07/30/2010 - 8:00am

i want to change i need help


07/30/2010 - 3:28am

This is all wonderful in THEORY, however I am a 73 year old man, still quite muscular, who engages in moderate plus execise daily and cannot lose weight unless under 1000 calories daily. My diet is nearly entirely whole, organic foods home-prepared. What's wrong with this picture? The math simply doesn't work!


07/02/2010 - 6:56pm

Breakfast: 1/2 cup of Quinoa, 1 banana, a pinch of slivered almonds, 1/2t of cinnamon, tablespoon of local honey.
Lunch: 6oz Low Fat, piece of fruit
Dinner: Baked chicken breast or 1 pork chop, steamed vegies with black beans and 1/2 med sweet potato


07/02/2010 - 2:59pm

Great information Thank you!


07/01/2010 - 6:54pm

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