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How Many Calories Should I Have For Lunch?

If you are wondering how many calories you should have for lunch, it is best to determine how many calories you want to consume in one day.

Doctors recommend eating no less than 1200 calories a day for women and 1500 calories for men. This is the bare minimum number that should not be ignored if you want to keep your metabolism operating effectively.  If you starve yourself, you are more likely to gain weight or just not lose the pounds you want to lose because of the impact it has on your body.

For the most part, eating 250-300 calories per meal is ideal.  This means that for lunch you should consume about 300 calories, if you eat several smaller meals throughout the day.  This is the perfect scenario for your metabolism and will keep your metabolic rate effective and weight loss worthy.

When you eat a large lunch, you run the risk of absorbing too many calories and packing on weight.  Also, studies show that people who consume a fatty and high calorie lunch are less productive at work and experience bouts of fatigue because of the types of foods they ate at lunch.  It is best to keep the portions small, even at lunch.  Eating a healthy breakfast will stave off hunger and may prevent your from overeating at lunch time.

Suzanne Somers

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