There’s an old saying,
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like prince and dinner like a pauper.”
Arranging your meals from largest to smallest is wise advice.
The typical American dieter skips breakfast or grabs a doughnut or some such thing, enjoys a big lunch – most often consisting of fast food – and then ends the day with a huge dinner followed by a pre-bedtime snack. Do you see a problem here? If you’ve been a regular reader here, you should. If you’re a new visitor, catch up and keep up!
If you want your body to utilize every calorie as efficiently as humanely possible, reverse the order and eat a large breakfast, a small dinner, and avoid the late night snacks. Your body is much less
likely to store your early morning meal as fat because you’ve been fasting overnight. That large, heavy meal for dinner is MUCH more likely to be stored as fat in your body because you burn less calories and your metabolism is at it’s slowest while you sleep at night.
Not all nutritionists and exercise physiologists agree on the theory of calorie tapering; however, nearly every successful bodybuilder and fitness competitor in the world embraces calorie tapering. And we’ve never seen a fatty bodybuilder…
So, we recommend this approach wholeheartedly. The most important part of the calorie tapering method is to make breakfast your largest meal and eat sparingly at night, allowing at least three hours before you go to bed.
While the best approach to calorie tapering is to try to follow it as it was intended, many people have difficulty adjusting to this type of eating regime, especially if doing the reverse is a life long habit. Which it is for most. You’ve got a lot of company if you’re thinking you could never make such a dramatic change in your eating habit.
In this case we suggest you start from the “bottom”. Try hard to stop snacking at night. Move your last food intake for the day as far away from bedtime as you can. Three to four hours is best, but if you find that too difficult, shoot for 2 to 3 and work your way up to 3 to 4. Allow both your body and mind to adjust gradually. What you will soon discover is that by doing so, you’re good and hungry in the morning for that large breakfast! When you reach this point comfortably, you’re on your way to practicing a full day of calorie tapering.
By starting this way, you increase the length of your nighttime “fast” which is broken by a hearty breakfast. Using this method consistently is one of the most effective ways to lower body fat.