Calorie Tapering for Weight Loss

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Calorie Tapering for Weight Loss

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.

Calorie Tapering
Calorie Tapering

The typical American dieter skips breakfast or grabs a doughnut or some such thing. Then they enjoy a big lunch most often consisting of fast food. The day with a huge dinner followed by a  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! 😉

The Calorie Tapering Approach

Do you want your body to utilize every calorie as efficiently as 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. You burn less calories and your metabolism is at it’s slowest while you sleep at night. This is called the calorie tapering approach to dieting.

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. Have you?

We recommend this approach wholeheartedly. The most important part of the calorie tapering method is to make breakfast your largest meal. Eat sparingly at night, allowing at least three hours before you go to bed.

The best approach to calorie tapering is to try to follow it as it was intended. Many people have difficulty adjusting to calorie tapering, 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 change in your eating habit.

Having Trouble with Calorie Tapering ?

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. Work your way up to 3 to 4. Allow both your body and mind to adjust gradually.

What you will soon discover is that 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.

See also: Breakfast on the Fly,  The Ancient Pancake

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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