Is this an ok way to diet?

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Registered: 02-10-2005
Is this an ok way to diet?
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 1:37am

I'm thinking it's probably not but if it's ok at all, I'd like to know :)

I don't like to eat in the morning.  I'm just not hungry.  I guess it's important though so sometimes I will take a few swings of almond milk or a Naked smoothie. 

I would like lunch but I often skip it because I really prefer to eat a good/big dinner.  That's when the whole family is together, eating something yummy that I've made, and in my dream world, I can just consume all the calories I should eat for a day at dinner time.

I know they say that you need fuel during the day but I do ok!  I'm not saying I wouldn't do better if I had a healty lunch but really I feel like I do just fine. 

I've never done Weight Watchers but I have heard of people "saving up points" like for a big meal or something.  Is this sort of like that?

So... is this ok?  I have dieted like this before and lost.  Then ultimately I gained some back but now I want to loose again so about two weeks ago I started dieting and I've lost 8 lbs so it's really motivating!

Thanks for any advice!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 12:29pm
Hi! Welcome! It's not ideal but it can work. Though they do say not to have your big meal at the end of the day.
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Registered: 02-10-2005
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 1:27pm

Thanks for the reply :)  Why do they say not to have your big meal at the end of the day?  Just curious the reasoning behind it!

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Registered: 01-09-2009
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 3:39pm

Your metabolism (and your body's ability to break down food) is highest in the morning. As the day goes, the metabolism gets slower and slower. If you eat your largest meal at night, your body cannot break it all and use the energy up. So most of it goes to storage as adipose tissue aka fat. On the other hand, if you eat a decent breakfast, a nice lunch and a not too large dinner, your body can break them down way more efficiently and use up the calories. So chances of storage is lower.

There's another factor. If you stay in empty stomach for a very long time, your blood sugar level falls below a critical limit. That slows your metabolism even further, so your body stops any energy demanding works, like burning fat. When you eat a big meal after a long gap, your blood sugar level elevates to a  peak and that signals your brain to relase a lot of insulin hormone. High level of insulin in blood always prevent fat breakdown, and facilitates fat storage. 

So, eating next to nothing all day, and having a huge dinner is not going to favor fat loss. You may lose weight by doing this, but chances are most of the lost  weight is from muscle loss and not fat loss. This type of weight loss is not good for your body at all. And it's very hard to maintain (you have seen it for yourself)........weight lost this way always comes back. So, if you want to lose fat (not just weight) and keep it off you have to eat smaller meals spaced at a 3-4 hours interval thorugh out the whole day (even you don't feel hungry). 

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Registered: 01-17-2013
Tue, 06-03-2014 - 1:18pm

I tried this before and it worked to a point. I found that I ate far too much in the evening after a while. The thing that works best for me is to count calories and spread them out during the day so I am not going around hungry.

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Registered: 06-08-2014
Sun, 06-08-2014 - 8:24pm

It might be OK for awhile but it seems like it could cause problems when eating the bulk of your nutrients at dinner time.  By the time you get to dinner time you might be starving.  I totally understand not wanting to eat breakfast because your body just isn't used to eating breakfast in the morning.  I would do smoothies or protein shakes for breakfast, something filling that you could drink to get your metabolism going in the morning, then a light lunch with veggies and protein, then for dinner you could do a bit bigger of a meal with some carbs, veg and protein.  I don't like the idea of counting calories because it does matter what kind of foods your calories are coming from.  Go for nutritionally dense foods that aren't packaged rather than the processed stuff.  How is your water intake throughout the day?