# Even time spacing between meals

```# Idea: Space out the hours of the meals evenly during the day (independent of their number), so that the last meal happens no later than 19:00. import numpy as np def time_to_min(time): h, m = list(map(int, time.split(':'))) return h * 60 + m def min_to_time(mins): return ':'.join(list(map( lambda x: ['0', ''][x > 9] + str(x), divmod(mins, 60)) )) first_meal_time = '08:45' last_meal_time = '19:00' max_meals = 6 times = [] first_meal_time_to_min = time_to_min(first_meal_time) last_meal_time_to_min = time_to_min(last_meal_time) mins_for_meals = last_meal_time_to_min - first_meal_time_to_min print('Hours for meals between %s and %s:' % ( first_meal_time, last_meal_time )) for meals in range(1, max_meals+1): if meals == 1: times = [first_meal_time_to_min + mins_for_meals / 2] else: times = np.linspace( first_meal_time_to_min, last_meal_time_to_min, meals ) times = ', '.join(list(map(min_to_time, map(int, times)))) print('%d meal(s): %s' % (meals, times)) """ Hours for meals between 08:45 and 19:00: 1 meal(s): 13:52 2 meal(s): 08:45, 19:00 3 meal(s): 08:45, 13:52, 19:00 4 meal(s): 08:45, 12:10, 15:35, 19:00 5 meal(s): 08:45, 11:18, 13:52, 16:26, 19:00 6 meal(s): 08:45, 10:48, 12:51, 14:54, 16:57, 19:00 """```

Ideally, in a 24-hour day, two meals would be 12 hours apart and even by taking the hours at the boundaries, we can only achieve this approximately.