Supposedly that study shows that, on a 1,400 calorie diet, people lost weight much more rapidly when breakfast was their largest meal, rather than dinner. Anyone have any experience with a similar effect?
Yes, I have had a similar experience. I was doing quite well with eating main meal at lunch but timings of my day made this stressful and impractical and reduced productivity (I work from home). I prefer having the main meal in the day and whenever I can I gravitate towards that. I’ve never tried having a huge breakfast then smaller subsequent meals though.
There’s an old saying, “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper”
Can’t speak to weight loss, but switching to big breakfasts has been hugely helpful to my mental health and overall enjoyment of the day. It’s hard to make the shift and allow for more time in the morning, but it really pays off, I think.
As far as that study though, those calorie counts are miniscule!
Note on above — doesn’t mean I have small lunches or dinners, though! If I had to take a wild guess, I’d say about 700 cal breakfast, 800 lunch and dinner, and 500 in snacks. But more if I’m really active. So breakfast is probably a little smaller than the other meals. But, back in the day, I considered a bowl of cereal with skim milk to be an adequate breakfast … plus lots of coffee of course. No wonder I thought I wasn’t a “morning person”!
I’ve never been overweight, but worried about it a lot. I wasn’t eating enough to fuel my workday. Now I eat more at lunch, indulge in afternoon snacks especially ice cream, and eat less at dinner and in the evening. I believe I am eating more, my weight is stable.