We all know Hobbits like to eat more than us humans when it comes to meals, but why should they get all the fun. Believe it or not, living on a diet like a Hobbit might not be that bad for you, as long as you plan it right and don't overdo it. So check out our Hobbit meal plan that you can try at home; it's healthier than you'd expect, plus it's fun!


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When To Eat

different healthy meals around a notebook to create a meal plan.

When it comes to a Hobbit meal plan, you need to make sure you are eating at the right time. The important thing to remember is that you don't have to eat at every mealtime; you might be too busy saving dwarves from trolls to fit in second breakfast! Most Hobbits aim for six meals a day, so when it comes to planning your meal, you need to follow the below time slots for each meal:

  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Second Breakfast
  • 11:00am – Elevenses
  • 1:00pm – Luncheon
  • 4:00pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 6-8:00pm – Dinner/Supper

Now for the realistic part. I don't know if you've ever seen a Hobbit meal, but if you actually ate like that for every meal, you'd pile the pounds on. That doesn't mean the layout itself isn't useable, though. It's all in the calorie counting. Roughly, the average calorie intake is 2,000 calories a day for women and 2,500 for men, so you could split your calories up over the six meal times and limit yourself to around 300-400 calories a meal. If you are trying to lose weight, aim for about 50-100 calories a meal less, and if you are trying to gain weight, aim for your target or add a few more on to gain a few pounds slowly and healthily.

The bonus to eating this regularly in smaller portions is that you won't ever get too hungry. When you start a new diet, many of us ruin them by snacking because we have altered our calorie intake and are now hungrier between meals. This will pass if you allow your body to adjust to the new diet, and if you get peckish, grab some fruit.

Meal Types

the shire New Zealand.

The most important part of the Hobbit meal plan is what you are eating for each meal. Balance is just as important here as it is when you eat three meals a day, so make sure you are including everything your body needs.

Gaining Weight

For some people, it can be difficult to gain weight and store calories; their bodies just don't work that way. If you want to gain weight on this meal plan, you can probably eat more like a Hobbit than others, but you need to make sure you are doing so healthily with high-calorie meals. High-calorie foods such as cheese, avocado, pasta and eggs are excellent options for this. Just make sure that you aren't just eating anything and everything. In the long run, sugary and unhealthy foods are just as bad for people trying to gain weight as they are for those trying to lose weight.

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Maintaining Weight

If you are maintaining your weight or have finished a diet and are happy as you are, you will want to stay in that place. Eating the average recommended calories a day is the best way to do this. As we have mentioned, you can split your calories over the six meals on the Hobbit meal plan, so here you can divide your average daily calories over six meals. Again, it will also reduce hunger between meals. To maintain weight, you can eat anything as long as you keep your balance of carbohydrates, protein, vegetables, and so on, with a bit of treat thrown in now and then.

Losing Weight

With the Hobbit meal plan, if your goal is to lose weight, you will be the least Hobbit of the rest, but it is still achievable. As we mentioned before, adjusting your calories per meal will help you have a reasonable calorie deficit without noticing it as much as you would over three meals and without getting too hungry. For your breakfasts, foods like low-fat Greek yoghurt and fruit or boiled or poached eggs are a good choice (or one for each breakfast) and something you enjoy for luncheon and dinner with lots of vegetables to fill you up. There's no point in dieting if you aren't going to enjoy your meals. Dark chocolate is good for nutrients, too, so it can be a good sweet treat for afternoon tea or supper if you want.

Give it a try. It might not be for you, or it might be just what you need to reach your goal weight. Either way, it's fun and something a bit different. If you want to go the whole hog, you could eat as much as a hobbit and then walk the 1779 miles from the Shire to Mordor! That would probably burn those calories right off; maybe a few more if you throw in being sidetracked by Ringwraiths, Giant Spiders or Gollum!


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