(Closed) Which is better for weightloss: heavier breakfast or heavier dinner?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Breakfast

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Breakfast. You work it off more than you do dinner. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

bluesparkles: Reduced daily calories will result in weight loss, period. It doesn’t matter where those calories come from, or when, so it’s important to know your body. Some people would say you should eat a heavy breakfast and a light dinner, but I can eat a smaller breakfast (2 hardboiled eggs usually) and make it through to lunch at 1. If I eat a light dinner I’m STARVING all night and the next morning, too. Plus if I eat carbs in the morning I’m tired all day. I try to eat carb free or low carb (carbs from fruit and hummus only) at breakfast and lunch and eat carbs at dinner time. It’s what works for me. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Breakfast-eat like a king

lunch- eat like a prince 

dinner- eat like a pauper 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Bfast for sure. I’ve never been a big breakfast person, but when my weight loss plateaud I started having breakfast and it kickstarted my metabolism in a different way. You’re burning that energy constantly through the day, whereas with a big dinner you’re most likely going to sleep relatively soon after, which is not good.

ETA that I was on a very low calorie diet when I plateaud, and eating breakfast helped with the last few pounds.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Bored6: Doesn’t matter, if you eat 200 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 800 at dinner and burn 300 calories in a workout in the afternoon – you had an intake of 1,200 calories that day. Same as if you ate 800 calories at breakfast, 500 at lunch and 200 at dinner. 

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Sugar bee

bluesparkles:  A calorie deficit will cause weight loss no matter how you arrange calorie intake throughout the day.  That being said, a lot of research has shown that individuals that eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who don’t.  In personal experience, if I eat a healthy breakfast, I’m more likely to stick to a healthy mealplan for the rest of the day, versus feeling starving and choosing unhealthy/easy options.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

While it’s true that a calorie deficiency is what makes you lose weight, it’s also true that most people’s metabolism whill naturally burn more calories if you eat most of the earlier in the day. So having a bigger brekfast and smaller dinner is a way to make your body burn more calories in a regular day. It also may make you more likely to follow through with exercise and less likely to indulge in not-so-healthy snacks. But, ultimately, different things work for different people. I always had no, or very little breakfast and big dinners and just strictly went by calorie. Then I started having real breakfast and was amazed that I wasn’t starving and needing such a large dinner, which has ultimately helped with my weight. But that’s me. If you typically have no or small breakfasts and large dinners, try switching it up for several weeks or a month and see how it goes. Plus, weekend brunches are suddently a whole huge delight!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

pumilionis:  I love nerdfitness!

Yeah, the bigger breakfast thing has been debunked. Now the big thing is intermittant fasting.

For me, I try to eat protein for breakfast so I stay full til lunch. In fact, I eat protein at every meal because if I just eat carbs, I digest them a lot faster and am hungry sooner.

I’m a firm believer in eating quality things when you’re hungry, and drinking water all other times.

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Busy bee

Calories in vs. Calories out is the main thing to focus on. They say to eat a bigger breakfast because it will keep you more satisfied and less chance of eating the wrong types of foods because your hungry. That being said I eat a very small breakfast and lunch and a larger dinner, and I am at a very very healthy weight. So whatever works best for your body and makes you feel good! 

If your forcing down a meal just because its supposed to be the best time to eat, it will not help you!

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Helper bee

While I agree with PPs that it’s all about calories in vs. out, I find that I make MUCH better decisions in the morning/afternoon than I do at night. 

So it’s important for me to eat enough throughout the day so I don’t find myself ordering a pizza at night when I’m starving. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

 

bluesparkles:  For myself I make two meals hearty, usually lunch and dinner, and it is working for me losing weight. But I rarely eat past the point when I’m hungry anymore and I cut down on fat. For me portion control is hugely important —and I used to think a too filling breakfast would keep me from eating too much later but no such luck. No, all it did was make me bloated and then hungrier later.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Personally I find I work best if I eat a reasonable but not large breakfast, moderate lunch and then approx half my daily calorie allowance at dinner.  So long as calories in < calories out you’ll lose weight.  I have a major sweet tooth and so I allow myself enough calories to have a sweet treat after dinner, which means slightly less lunch and dinner.

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