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If I eat a big lunch and am not hungry when dinner time rolls around, but have hit my calorie goal, I can just skip dinner, right?

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I usually  plan your meals so that I can have balanced meals that fit into my calorie budget and I don't skip any meals. This might not work for everyone, though.

 

 

I did that for a while (e.g. eat one meal a day but still fulfilling my diet requirement). I believe it's good to do it once in a while to "refresh" your insulins but not so good in the long run. It took a while for my stomach to start eating normal again.

Original Post by ximithii:
I believe it's good to do it once in a while to "refresh" your insulins but not so good in the long run.

I don't want to sound harsh, but that doesn't even make sense.

^ No, that makes no sense at all.

I'd only skip dinner if your lunch was so big that you're sincerely not hungry.  Otherwise, at least eat some fruit and yogurt or soup or something. 

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

 

Pretty scary, I try to eat as much as possible because I like living. It sucks though because its also the reason why I'm almost 300 pounds. Thankfully I lost some recently, down to 271 now! Yay! :D 

My husband can barely keep his hands off me.

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

What? Talk about fear mongering...

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

What? Talk about fear mongering...

C'mon, it's a perfectly acceptable teaching method.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

What? Talk about fear mongering...

C'mon, it's a perfectly acceptable teaching method.

Curses, you custom YouTube block at the office!

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

 

Pretty scary, I try to eat as much as possible because I like living. It sucks though because its also the reason why I'm almost 300 pounds. Thankfully I lost some recently, down to 271 now! Yay! :D 

My husband can barely keep his hands off me.


Pretty positive this is a complete troll account. I'd recommend a bannnnn....
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I do this several times a month as I eat on the go when I work out of town. I have no side effects and no adverse effects.

If I get hungry I will eat a small meal but usually I am ok till breakfast and my sugar levels NEVER has had issues

By "refreshing" your insulins, I mean by not making your pancreas secrete your insulins all the times (e.g. insulin secreting 3 times (3 meals) vs 1 time (1 meal)). It's just a scientific theory that it might be good to stop making your insulin being secreted constantly. However, I don't know if it is actually better or not. Just a theory.

I've heard different theories on this -- that you should never skip meals, and smaller more frequent meals are better.  I used to eat only 2x a day, both big meals. I'm trying to eat a little more frequently now just because I find that I overeat at dinnertime because I'm so HUNGRY since it's been too long since the last meal. But I figure, if it's working for you, then it's working for you.  People are wired differently. :)

Oh.  The only thing I can think of is... when do you workout?  Me, I workout after I wake up, before breakfast (I CANNOT workout on a full stomach, I feel sluggish and slow and bleh).  So in my case, I think from lunchtime all the way to waking up is too long a time between meals to have enough energy to work out.  I'd have to at least have some yogurt or something at dinner, or eat a light snack after waking up or something.

I knew a girl who did it for years and it worked for her, another friend tried to do it and couldn't stick with it. I know another guy who is in ideal health at 55 and he only eats twice a day (late breakfast and dinner) and it works for him.

I think 2 meals a day is not for everyone. Most people benefit from several meals spread evenly throughout the day.

You should try it for a few days and see if it works for you. If it doesn't, then maybe a light dinner instead of no dinner is a good option for you. 

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

 

Pretty scary, I try to eat as much as possible because I like living. It sucks though because its also the reason why I'm almost 300 pounds. Thankfully I lost some recently, down to 271 now! Yay! :D 

My husband can barely keep his hands off me.

Here we go again....

OP: It is fine. People vary widely, and reading your body is usually better than forcing it into a schedule, due to something that you read. My wife eats an afternoon snack at work, and isn't hungry in the evening, and doesn't eat dinner. She has done very well for years on that method (sleeps great, very fit, lots of energy etc.). I am not very hungry at dinner either (breakfast is my biggest meal), but use dinner as a way to consume extra vegetables. Hardly any calories, and they help me recover faster between workouts (I assume that is due to their high levels of nutrients/antioxidants/phytochemicals).

If you don't find yourself feeling starved at 11 pm and eating half a cake (been there, heh), there's nothing wrong with it.  The reason a lot of "diet" programs suggest 3 meals and 3 snacks is mainly so you don't get that hungry feeling and binge.  Eating two large meals is neither better, nor worse than eating 4, or 6, or twenty tiny ones.

The only time it would be a concern is in a diabetic - your body can't regulate blood sugar levels properly while fasting if you're diabetic, and thus you have to eat multiple, frequent, smaller meals.

You won't go into hypoglycemic shock and die.  Nor will you get leaky gut ;)

I thought I heard it all the world of broscience..... Then I stumbled across this thread.

Original Post by stargazer1:

Original Post by healthyhabit:

I heard if you don't eat at least 3 meals a day your blood sugar can fall so low that you go into hypoglycemic shock and DIE!

 

Pretty scary, I try to eat as much as possible because I like living. It sucks though because its also the reason why I'm almost 300 pounds. Thankfully I lost some recently, down to 271 now! Yay! :D 

My husband can barely keep his hands off me.

Here we go again....

Uh-huh... mind you, she's now lost 70 lbs in 33 days - at this rate, she'll disappear altogether by, what, mid-november?

Just 'thirding' the ban suggestion... (pity though, it's been fun...)

What's 100% proven is that calories are the be all and end all. A lot of people say 6 small meals a day but you could say that "there's nothing wrong with 3 square meals a day" when both are fine. If you wanted to you could eat at 7am every hour until you go to bed, if you worked out the calories and were where they needed to be that'd be fine. It's the same with breakfast, people think they HAVE TO eat breakfast otherwise there metabolisms won't kick in, if you look into the research, it shows that people that don't eat breakfast are more likely to snack on other things, thus more calories. If you don't eat breakfast and don't snack on other things, what happens? NOTHING! Apart from a longer period of fasting but let's not go there, eh? @ajaro ;)

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If you're referring to "too long" of fasting, then yes, at about 2-3 days there signs of catabolism seem to begin. but I don't know of very many people who will go over 2 days without eating. If you stick to a 24 hour schedule and meet all your macro-requirements in that schedule, you're gravy. 

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