Start your day eating like a king (or queen!), lunching like a prince, and enjoying dinner like a pauper. In other words, make breakfast your heartiest meal of the day. Be sure that it is full of protein, fiber, nutrients, and hydration. This type of meal will keep you satisfied for hours and keep your blood sugar steady. Approach lunch in a similar fashion, but don’t make it quite as large – especially if you eat later in the day. Dinner should be your lightest meal. The western tradition of sitting down to a large meal at the conclusion of the day is a recipe for “un-health.”
Numerous studies (several of which have been published in the Journal of Nutrition) point to a connection between people who follow this style of eating and lower overall Body Mass Index (BMI). According to the research, a large breakfast reduces cravings for fat, sugar, and salt – all the things that lead to weight gain! On the other hand, research shows that those who eat little to no breakfast and a heavy dinner have a higher BMI and are prone to more weight gain with age.
This all seems logical. We need energy to keep us going through the day. We do not need to fill up before bedtime. When we sleep, our metabolism drastically slows down. So, any calories we consume are more likely to be stored as fat, instead of being used by our bodies to fuel our daily activities.
At night, I recommend a light bowl of soup, a salad, or something similar. Avoid heavy meals (even healthy ones) that require a long digestion process. Changing not only what you eat, but when you eat, can have a drastic impact on your health.
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!