The Reverse Diet is the creation of Tricia Cunningham who was able to lose 172 pounds in 9 months simply by switching dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
She joined forces with nutritionist Heidi Skolnik to detail a lifestyle that involves having a larger meal at the beginning of the day and then smaller meals and snacks as needed in the later part of the day.
Cunningham claims that by switching the bulk of your calories to breakfast this will significantly change the way that your body uses calories.
Breakfast is followed by an entire day where you are involved in physical activity, which will allow those calories to be burned whereas dinner is generally followed by a long period of inactivity, which will promote calorie storage.
Dieters are advised to never skip breakfast and to eat a medium sized lunch and a small dinner and to only eat when hungry (apart from the mandatory breakfast).
If feeling full before the end of the meal the leftovers should be saved to snack on for later.
There are three phases to The Reverse Diet:
Chicken breast, boiled potato and steamed vegetables
Tuna salad sandwich
Tofu berry smoothie
Shredded wheat with orange juice
The Reverse Diet retails at $14.95.
The Reverse Diet’s claims regarding any unique effect on metabolism by altering the timing of calorie intake are clearly not supported in the scientific research.
However, eating a high protein breakfast is associated with a greater weight loss success as it tends to reduce the likelihood of overeating later in the day and this is the strength of this plan.
If dieters are able to lose weight on this plan it will be due to a reduced appetite and other lifestyle changes that may result in a subsequent reduction of calories and thus weight loss.
For many dieters The Reverse Diet system of eating will not be practical as it is too disruptive for normal social activities and family life.
It seems possible that simply following the practice of eating a nutritious protein rich breakfast daily rather than overhauling the entire eating pattern would provide most of the advantages of this program.