British newspaper The Telegraph recently published an article with advice on a diet that might be worth considering if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. The Telegraph’s article, “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper to lose weight” may have a medieval-sounding title, but there is some scientific evidence to support their claim.
A study of 50,000 individuals by California’s Loma Linda University of Public Health concluded that people who made breakfast their largest meal of the day have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who feast on a big dinner, even if the two groups consume the same total number of daily calories.
The research found that a man weighing 190 lbs. could lose as much as 6 lbs. by following this diet practice.
Another discovery supports the idea of avoiding snacks, eating an early dinner and fasting for up to 18 hours per night can increase the chance of maintaining a healthy body weight.
But how? Dr. Hana Kahleova, the lead author of the study, explained that eating a healthy breakfast can reduce hunger cravings, especially for sweets and fats, which can counteract potential weight gain.
That makes sense to us. We lost 240 lbs. in 14 months by following a similar dietary method. Today, we make it our practice to restrict our intake of starches after breakfast (no bread, no potatoes, no pasta — yeah, we know), limiting or working hard to eliminate sugar (for us, pop, ice cream, cake, candy, and other junk food are in our past), eating an early dinner, and as the day goes on, focusing more on consuming protein as the day progresses. We also make sure that our breakfast contains a healthy amount of protein to balance the “carb crash” we might otherwise experience later in the morning.
Everyone is different. But if you are struggling to lose a few extra pounds, this might be worth trying. We hope this helps you.