In recent years, Trisha Cunningham authored a book and a diet plan known as the “reverse diet.” She claims that if you have had that “moment” when you realized that you were overweight, that you needed to lose weight, no matter what it may have been, you can use her diet to fulfill the need. She calls her approach a “reverse moment.”
Cunningham originally weighed in at 292 pounds. She had dealt with obesity for her whole life, and it was only in her 20’s that she decided to finally do something about it. She did not try to blame this on genes, but rather on family habits. For years and generations, she came from a family who had participated in unhealthy eating habits generation after generation and passing these habits on through each.
So at her moment, she took everything she knew about eating at that time and turned it around. Essentially speaking, instead of eating a big dinner, she turned that sizable meal into breakfast, and instead of eating a small breakfast, she turned what used to be her dinner into her breakfast portions. As for lunch, she made it a small and sensible meal plan. She only participated in light walking type exercise, and over time with this plan, she claims to have lost a total of 170 pounds.
In this diet plan, you are essentially eating the same amount of calories, unless of course two of your meals were sizable. Then you may be cutting some calories. But the idea behind it is not the calories, but rather the order. When you eat your calories early, you give your body the whole day to burn them off instead of giving your body only a few hours right before bedtime. Also, if you eat more of certain types of calories early in the day, you give yourself another benefit. You start your metabolism off right, filling your body and therefore reducing your appetite later in the day. So in truth, though you are eating more at first, you do stave off your appetite and actually consume fewer calories.
The biggest part of Cunningham’s success is not however the meal size or meal plan, but the fact that she plans ahead. She doesn’t leave it until the last minute only to turn to fast food or otherwise in a panic. Instead, she maps out her meals the day before, planning the exact sizes and plans. She makes sure that she gets a breakfast, and she makes sure that all her meals are sensible. By this, she avoids sabotaging herself.