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Intermittent fasting by skipping a dinner

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Created September 29, 2011 at 8:28 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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3743 · October 13, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Doesn't work for all, my wife really likes to have her big comfort dinner after work. But when she was trying it she said she slept better and had more energy through the day.

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3743 · October 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Takes a while to get used to being able to eat the majority of your calories before 2-3pm.

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3743 · October 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I like the idea. I first came across the idea of no dinner or small dinner by looking up how Hollywood actors/actresses gain or loose weight so fast. Then I read Challen a la RBTI promotes the same thing, big meals in the morning and afternoon and small meals at night. Definitely something to it. I didn't sleep well for the first couple of nights, but afterwards I started sleeping deeper than I have ever slept in the past and notice huge amounts of energy throughout the day. This works well for me because I like to train fasted early in the morning.

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39841 · September 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

That's really not true at all. Fasting during less active hours will result in a smaller amount of lipids oxidized than a fast of equal duration performed during more active hours of the day. Unless someone's activity is highest right before bed, this wouldn't be optimal.

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655 · September 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Some people don't sleep well skipping dinner. I expect this is more true of people eating towards the higher carb end of Paleo. Skipping lunch can provide two 11.5 hour "fasts".

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951 · 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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37187 · November 11, 2011 at 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 at 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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5531 · September 29, 2011 at 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 at 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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37187 · November 11, 2011 at 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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15226 · September 29, 2011 at 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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5242 · 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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39841 · September 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

That's really not true at all. Fasting during less active hours will result in a smaller amount of lipids oxidized than a fast of equal duration performed during more active hours of the day. Unless someone's activity is highest right before bed, this wouldn't be optimal.

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72 · October 28, 2011 at 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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