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Does anyone skip dinner?

I have found that I use up most of my calories between breakfast, lunch and snacking throughout the day. Does anyone skip dinner to save calories or just have a low cal snack like popcorn or watermelon?

Fri. Aug 11, 10:14am

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I always save calories for dinner.

My mom used to use popcorn for dinner as a dieting trick whenever my dad was out of town. She'd eat microwave popcorn while watching a movie and call it dinner. She always lost weight that way.

(Though I can't really say that it worked - she's always been at least somewhat overweight)

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:24 AM

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If I'm not hungry, I don't eat a big dinner. If I am hungry but I have already eaten a lot of calories that day, I center the meal around veggies with a lean protein. You can eat a pretty big stir-fry for around 350 calories - I use cooking oil spray, as many veggies as I want and maybe two servings of light tofu.

Breakfast should be your biggest meal, and it's better to have eaten when you are hungry throughout the day rather than try and "save up" for dinner because you may end up really hungry and overeat or even binge.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:25 AM

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Eating Dinner

I find that I lose more weight when I snack here and there for dinner rather than preparing a big meal that I have to save my points for during the day.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:32 AM

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10:24 poster here - I don't "save up" by starving myself. I eat what keeps me full, and I'm not afraid to get a little bit hungry here and there to stretch out the time between meals and/or snacks. I allow myself 300 calories for breakfast (typically either 1 light bagel w/ 2 slices light laughing cow cheese and 2 slices turkey bacon, or 2 slices toast w/ 2 eggs fried in PAM, or a bowl of cereal w/ skim and 2 slices turkey bacon, plus a cup of coffee w/ coffee mate and splenda - a good sized breakfast), and then 500 calories during the time that I'm at work (soup and some fruit for lunch, plus a 100-cal snack in the afternoon, or, a turkey sandwich w/ lots of veggies and mustard on it w/ fruit salad on the side, or a big salad with dressing on the side and some sort of protein and fat - i.e. cheese or egg or walnuts or turkey breast, etc.), and then 500 calories for dinner plus any late-night snacking (usually don't snack).

If I use a portion of my "reserved" calories earlier in the day for some sort of treat, or just b/c I"m hungry, then I take them out of what I have left over for dinner/snacks. At the same time, that's helpful b/c I know if I have a cookie or piece of cake or something, something that's good but not filling, that I will regret it later when I'm hungry! It makes it so much easier to pass up the treats!

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:35 AM

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No, I never skip dinner. That's my biggest meal of the day. I'm pretty sure it's not a great idea to skip meals. Although, that's not saying you need to have a huge meal at dinner time. Breaking up your meals into 6 small meals throughout the day will keep your blood sugar regulated, and give you more energy.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 10:37 AM

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No, I really don't skip dinner. I think that hunger is one of the worst enemies to a dieter. If I am hungry, my willpower breaks down and I am more likely to eat unwisely.
That said, if I find that I have used up all my calories for the day, some of my strategies for dinner are:
-- eat a green salad with chicken breast for dinner (about 200 calories if no salad dressing)
-- go to the gym and work off about 300 calories so I can eat 300 calories for dinner.
-- keep track of an informal "calorie bank" (if I under-ate on a previous day, I get to put the un-eaten calories in my calorie bank; if I over-eat on a day, I subtract the calories over-eaten from my calorie bank).

Friday, August 11, 2006, 11:09 AM

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NEVER!!! skip meals -- you gain MORE weight!

It is NEVER appropriate to skip meals. Your body thinks you are starving and holds onto every calorie and stores it as fat!

BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, idea!!!!

Friday, August 11, 2006, 11:52 AM

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I don't think preaching is appropriate here. The OP asked a question, and is entitled to thoughtful responses regarding the experiences of others.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 11:59 AM

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here's a link to a site that might help you control your portions/choices a little more throughout the day...


Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:28 PM

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I don't eat if I'm not hungry. So, if I'm not hungry at dinner time, I don't make myself eat dinner.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:32 PM

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