Backwards eating,hmm

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2008-08-06 16:31:26 -0500
Started 2008-08-01 00:10:13 -0500

Aren't morning programs just so insightful?
On one of these insightful shows, they had a dietician on who stated that one of the problems with Americas eating, is that we do it backwards. We eat a small breakfast, a light lunch and a big supper. I thought about it. With a guilty look on my face, I had to admitt I too was guilty of this.
She suggested that turning this around. Breakfast should be a big meal, lunch should be a little lighter and supper should be the lightess meal of the day. Reason: you are eating all these cals (and carbs too!) at the end of the day when you are most likely to doing less. toughts?

18 replies

butterfly_8 2008-08-06 16:31:26 -0500 Report

I find having my biggest meal of the day at luchtime also gives me a chance to digest it better and exercise. I was advised that it was not wise to do to much exerciseing before bedtime.

kdroberts 2008-08-05 04:37:46 -0500 Report

It's interesting. I didn't grow up in the US and we always used to refer to lunch as dinner and dinner as tea. Especially on weekends the lunch was always the main meal of the day and dinner was always something light. Look at the traditional eating pattern in England, a full English breakfast is a feast, lunch is lighter but substantial and dinner is very light. Doesn't really happen now though, big breakfast, big lunch and big dinner is common!

morris.js 2008-08-05 03:41:00 -0500 Report

I used to eat the backwards way, but for the last couple of years, I stick with my 5 or 6 small meals a day, with the last one being right before bed. This seems to works great for me. My levels are more consistant without the big up and down swings during the day.

GabbyPA 2008-08-05 03:47:54 -0500 Report

I have to agree with the smaller meals thru the day. Our main goal is to have consistant numbers without the roller coaster ride. If you are going to stick to 3 meals though, the backwards way is a great way to use up during the day what you take in.

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Gin - 18074 2008-08-05 04:41:40 -0500 Report

I prefer smaller meals during the day. I've never been a breakfast person. Being allergic to pork and eggs also puts a lid on what to make. I'll have a piece of toast or a muffin with my pills and that takes me through the morning till lunch. Nights have always been tough for me. I don't sleep to good. So I'm up till all hours. I use to munch on chips and candy. Now a few carrot sticks or a cucumber slices do for me.

ziyal 2008-08-04 06:44:17 -0500 Report

I have heard this too. What I do a lot is have my cereal and fruit along with 1c decaf in the mornings. Most times I have a hot lunch so I do not cook at night. Then either a cup of soup or a salad in the evenings. I do have some kind of snack during the day. I don't plan it that way , it just evolved around my daily activities.

DiabetesDiva 2008-08-04 06:56:58 -0500 Report

I'm not a big breakfast fan, but also do eat something. I try to eat smaller meals during the day. My husband likes his biggest meal at dinner, but I do cook healthy and practice "volume metrics". I have lost 30 pounds without doing the reverse eating plan. Whatever works!


ziyal 2008-08-06 05:03:33 -0500 Report

My husband is a disabled veteran and has not worked for about 5 yrs. Our children are grown and on their own and we live near Las Vegas so we eat our main meal whenever we feel like it. I have learned to be careful at the casino buffets by already knowing what my favorite place has and I pick turkey, or fish. They have low sugar desserts and fruit on the buffets so making choices should not be so hard. Sometimes I am my worse enemy , other times I am satisfied.

GabbyPA 2008-08-03 06:52:45 -0500 Report

I enjoy breakfast and eating a good one is not hard. The problem is portion control for the rest of the day. Actually, now, most of my meals are about the same and I control my fullness with fiber. Well, most of the time. I do think that this is a very good plan, and eating to get your day going is always a good thing. I know on days when I don't eat the right breakfast (sauted veggies with an egg, soy milk and my aloevera mix) I am messed up and struggle with cravings all day long.

LeighG 2008-08-04 06:32:50 -0500 Report

i see that as well gabby.if i dont eat my norm. breakfast i am all over the place with the cravings so i try to make breakfast the best of the day yeah know.

butterfly_8 2008-08-04 07:06:20 -0500 Report

Gabby your food ideas and recipes always make me happy.
I love veggies and stir fry. I never thought of the sauteed veggies and egg for breakfast. That will definitely work for me. I struggle with breakfast ideas.

DiabeticizMe 2008-08-03 03:52:17 -0500 Report

lol, this makes a lot of sense. I am a victim of it but I try to eat light all the way around! I think it helps with having better control.

LoriJ 2008-08-01 12:48:07 -0500 Report

I never have been one for breakfast, but am sure willing to give it a try!

LeighG 2008-08-01 16:16:13 -0500 Report

it really does help to eat a good breakfast.they say if you eat a good breakfast you wont be wanting food late at night i must say since i have done it i dont want to eat late anymore.


LeighG 2008-08-01 03:22:05 -0500 Report

i have always eaten backwards i always eat a big breakfast and go lighter through the day .when i found out i started to eat six times a ay start big end well for me.and not to eat after what ever time at night is right for most.i dont eat after 8pm that was a hard one to do but i have it down now.this has helped me lose weight and get my a1c down to a good number.i find it to be very true and work out well.

butterfly_8 2008-08-01 06:36:14 -0500 Report

I cant say I have always eaten backwards, but I know I feel better when I do.I do not feel to good when I eat heavy at the end of the day. I usually have to go for a walk to get relief.

JoJoCooks 2008-08-04 06:39:17 -0500 Report

I do this as well and it works great for me…I have a decent breakfast, big lunch and small if any dinner at all. This is the way most Europen/South American households work, I happen to love it and it has worked wonders for me.