As I walked into my local Barnes & Noble bookstore, I was confronted by the New Year assortment of diet books. They were all lined up on the front table, their covers bright and shiny. Being curious by nature, I decided to look through a few and see what the latest diet buzz was all about.
There were the usual over-hyped titles where you supposedly can lose a lot of weight in a short period of time. The big names in the fitness world were all displayed with toned bodies with before and after pictures. The diet industry giants like Weight-Watchers all had their new recipe books. But over to the side was a yellow book with an interesting title that caught my eye.
It was entitled, The Reverse Diet, and the premise was that you could lose weight by eating dinner for breakfast. This actually had a familiar ring to it. My grandmother used to say that you should always have a big breakfast and you won’t be hungry the rest of the day.
When I looked inside the front cover I found that the author, Tricia Cunningham, had lost over 150 pounds using this simple technique and had maintained her weight loss for over 6 years. This was a success story like Jared of Subway restaurants. It was simple and something most anyone could do.
I looked further into the book and perused the actual menu selections. The plan focused on non-processed foods and lean proteins. But the difference was in the portion sizes and meal combinations. You reverse your meal sizes, times, and content to better distribute your calories throughout the day.
You eat like a king in the morning, a prince at lunch, and a pauper at dinner.
The diet also includes a morning and afternoon snack to keep you fueled throughout the day. The diet choices are very similar to those presented in Eating for Life, and other well rounded menu plans. While exercise is recommended, this is primarily a diet book, with an extensive list of menu choices.
I like the simple premise of this book, eat dinner for breakfast. It fits into a niche that works for me. As a morning person, focusing on a substantial breakfast will be easier than fixing a big dinner. The menu choices are easy to follow and prepare. This book will make a great addition to my diet library and along with a sensible exercise program should be a great tool to help me reach my fitness goals.
Question: Have you ever tried to eat dinner for breakfast?