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Intermittent fasting by skipping a dinner

by 952 · November 11, 2011 4:26 AM

Has anybody tried leangains.com style intermittent fasting by skipping a dinner instead of breakfast (for example, eating in 8am-4pm 8hrs window)? Have you noticed any difference?

I guess it would be closer to conventional recommendations ("don't skip the breakfast!", "don't eat late!"). Although, I do realize that conventional recommendations might be... well, ungrounded, I do wonder if in this case you can make the best of 2 worlds.

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950 · October 14, 2011 at 12:41 AM

As long as the eating/fasting windows are there, it really doesn't matter. What ends up mattering is your schedule and lifestyle. For me, eating an early dinner and then eating around lunch works well for me. I train fasted in the mornings with BCAAs and it's working out well. Your body will tell you what's right. Just experiment with what makes the most sense for your life. Don't get caught up in wondering about what meals is the wort to skip.

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37013 · November 11, 2011 4:26 AM

I only eat in the evening if I never had a chance to eat all day--like today, in fact!

Otherwise, I have my main meal between 10 and noon and maybe a meat snack in mid-afternoon. It feels good to me now to go to bed with an empty stomach. Eating at night feels almost like being bloated in comparison.

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2954 · October 28, 2011 1:54 AM

I sleep much better if I skip dinner, in fact, I don't sleep well at all if I have dinner. But maybe that's because, where I grew up, people ate dinner at 5:30 at the very latest? That would be the last meal of the day.

Nowadays I eat a big breakfast around 7 - 7:30 AM, and a small lunch around 2 PM, 4 PM at the latest. I'm usually not hungry by dinner time. But some days I can also fast through lunch and dinner because I'm not hungry (I have a sedentary lifestyle).

That seems to work for me. Do what works for you :-)

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5520 · September 29, 2011 3:46 PM

I would try skipping breakfast first. Make sure you're comfortable doing that and then try dinner. I agree with Don, I don't sleep well without a large enough dinner. I usually eat between 12pm and 8pm, definitely feel best when I stick to that window and I'm eating really well. I wake up around 7am most days and CrossFit MWF at 5pm. Just my n=1.

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608 · September 29, 2011 1:10 PM

You can do it but for me its more of a convenience issue, unless you work evenings. Skipping breakfast allows for more sleep and Im less likely to be late for work.

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37013 · November 11, 2011 4:24 AM

I only eat in the evening if I never had a chance to eat all day--like today, in fact!

Otherwise, I have my main meal between 10 and noon and maybe a meat snack in mid-afternoon. It feels good to me now to go to bed with an empty stomach. Eating at night feels almost like being bloated in comparison.

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15070 · September 29, 2011 4:17 PM

This study in mice may be useless (because we're not mice), but does touch on this issue

http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v34/n11/full/ijo201063a.html

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5239 · September 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Yes, if you're comfortable with skipping dinner, the same benefits can be obtained by fasting in the evening as with fasting in the morning - many people have the opinion that a 16 hour fast seems to be optimal.

Are you planning on fasted training? If so that schedule could make things a little more tricky for you.

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60 · October 28, 2011 3:49 AM

I personally think the body needs the food to repair at night and that skipping dinner sounds retarded.

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