Eat less for dinner.
That’s pretty much it. Eat a normal breakfast and lunch. Snack if you’re hungry.
Oh yeah – choose healthy foods. That’s a big caveat.
But the real trick to this diet — or maintenance plan — is to eat less for dinner. Just a little less, so you go to bed a wee big hungry.
Lying there in bed, you don’t need to do anything (usually,) so you don’t need fuel. You can let your body burn off a few calories because of the caloric deficiency you just created by eating a little less than you were hungry for.
The next morning, eat a normal breakfast. Eat a normal lunch. Oh yeah – keep choosing healthy foods. Then eat less for dinner.
The reason this works is because you’re not starving yourself. You don’t feel deprived, emotionally or physically. You just feel a wee bit hungy – which, on the way to sleep, I find to be a rather pleasant sensation, much preferable to going to bed full.
Most importantly, you wake up happy, because you’re a little thinner – and you still get to eat a regular breakfast and lunch.
Mariah Burton Nelson
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation