This is a little different than my last blog - but it has some similar principles...
1) Breakfast is still there (make it count!)
2) Some short term fasting is involved.
Years ago, I met a women who just about never ate lunch. She was in a seminar class I was teaching at the time, and I noticed she did not join us for lunch. Her husband said she had not eaten lunch for years. She is older than I am - but she was slimmer - that is for sure. I was amazed skip a meal - always?
It turns out my own aunt (slimmer than my Mom - her sister) also rarely eats lunch - or only has an apple. She has never had a weight problem - but my mom's weight has crept up for years...
This discussion led my Mom to tell me of a few other retired, slim women who also rarely eat lunch. Hmmmm.
Having tried to do the breakfast/lunch then fast thing - I can see how often I cave in and have something in the evening...Sometimes more than "something." When I stick to my guns - the breakfast/lunch plan REALLY works - but then I get tired of it for long term.
I also remember reading a blog last year about a woman whose doctor told her to wait at least 7 hours between meals - She had done it for years. She had even gone on a cruise - followed this plan and only gained 1 pound. Most people gain 7-8 pounds on a cruise.
So - this seems to work for many women - but you rarely see it written up. The few times I've tried it - it does seem helpful. And if I've had a good breakfast, I can drink water and green tea and make it to the reward of dinner, and then be satisfied until the next breakfast. I can do this and keep within a calorie limit, if I plan ahead. Drinking water with some raw apple cider vinegar is also helpful.
So - I just did a search on "skip lunch - lose weight" and there is not much out there except people saying "DON"T DO IT! OMG!!!!"
But what about my aunt in her late 70's and these other women who have done it for years?
So - I was happy to read this interesting blog from my search:
How to Lose Weight Effortlessly with Easy Tricks
I know what you're thinking..."Oh no, we're supposed to eat several small meals, six times a day, not skip meals." If you have that kind of time, and that kind of willpower to really eat six, small, healthy meals...then do it. I don't. I find that I can skip a meal if I know I can have a decent size meal with what I want to eat later on. So I'll eat breakfast around 10 am, skip lunch, and then eat a decent (not stuff myself, but eat until I am full) dinner around 6pm. Eat less calories...lose weight. It's not as complicated as it's made out to be.
So - I think I'll incorporate this idea into my life at least on some days. It allows me to save time at work - and have some dinner at home in the evening...sounds nice...
I'm posting this mostly for myself and whoever else is interested. I'd LOVE to hear your comments.
I'll let you know how it goes.