WEIGHT loss is most effective with plenty of exercise and eating the right foods, but some experts claim eating what you would usually have for dinner for breakfast could help on your slimming down journey.
Research from Loma Linda University suggests the best way to lose weight comes down to the frequency and timing of meals.
Dr Hana Kehleova, one of the study’s authors, said the bottom line is to make breakfast the biggest meal of the day, have a medium lunch and then a small dinner.
Data from more than 50,000 adults was collected by researchers at the university to form the study.
Nutritionists then analysed the adults’ eating habits and weight over a seven-year period.
The results revealed four factors help decrease BMI – eating one or two meals per day, fasting for 18 hours, eating breakfast and making breakfast or lunch the largest meal of the day.
The findings were released in the Journal of Nutrition.
The study authors wrote: “Our results suggest that in relatively healthy adults, eating less frequently, no snacking, consuming breakfast, and eating the largest meal in the morning may be effective methods for preventing long-term weight gain.”
Other experts have stressed the importance of eating breakfast.
I was apprehensive about skipping breakfast because I didn’t want to lose my muscle. But when I gave it a go I pretty much immediately felt better and dropped to 10 per cent body fat with little effort.
Milton Stokes, R.S., author of Flat Belly Diet! For Men, recently revealed eating breakfast is essential for weight loss.
Explaining why, he told Men’s Fitness: “It’s like putting logs on a woof-burning stove. You need that initial input of fuel to get your metabolism going for the day.”
The aim should be to intake around 400-600 calories within an hour of waking up.
Milton advised focusing on protein, healthy fats and fibre, as these will leave dieters feeling fuller for longer.
Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure, advises people eat eggs with avocado in the morning.
He said: “Avocados are nature’s ideal fruit for weight loss. They replace sugar with appetite-curbing good fat.”
David Grotto, R.D., author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life, says a shake with whey protein is the way forward.
He said: “Whey is rich in branches chain amino acids, which stimulate muscle growth. The more muscle you have, the greater the fat-burning capacity of your metabolism.”