In tonight's Healthier Me, while skipping meals may seem like a good weight loss strategy, it can backfire. If you battle with your weight, remember this: eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
That means you should make sure to have a large, hearty breakfast, lunch should be enough to power you through the rest of the day, and dinner should be very light, so you can sleep well and be restored for the next day.
If the evening meal is your biggest, or you skip meals, you are not alone! However, skipping meals does not help us lose weight. In fact, people who don't eat breakfast tend to weigh more than those who do.
Breakfast helps to rev up the metabolism and jump start your body, allowing you to burn more calories during the day, and it also helps keep our hunger level on an even keel, so we don't reach for the junk food.
Eating a balanced lunch each day is also very important; Registered Dietician Marisa Moore suggests a lean protein like turkey, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and veggies.
And for dinner, no more royal treatment. Keep it simple and light; why not just have a salad with some beans or chicken on top, and maybe a glass of milk or some yogurt?
As a general rule of thumb, it's best for your metabolism if you eat every 4 to 5 hours, so it's a good idea to include healthy snacks to tie you over between meals.