Dinner is an important meal because it prepares you for the next day and often provides nutrients that may not have been consumed during the day. By eating breakfast, lunch and light snacks during the day, at dinner time you can and should have lighter fare. Skipping dinner may trigger your metabolism into "starvation mode" and store rather than burn fat. And you'll be more likely to be tempted by empty calorie foods. And, studies show that students who eat with their family at dinner are more likely to do well in school and less likely to be depressed or develop eating disorders.