Change the way you eat with the Big Breakfast Diet - a big breakfast, light lunch and skinny supper will see those extra pounds drop off quickly!
The Big Breakfast Diet is a very simple plan that turns traditional eating on its head. Enjoy a big breakfast and eat the most calories at the start of the day and the least calories for supper and see the weight quickly drop off!
Your metabolism is most efficient in the morning so the Big Breakfast Diet focuses on consuming the most calories first thing, making breakfast the main meal of the day. The meals gradually get lighter until you finish off with a light suppertime snack. There's good science showing that people who eat a good, hearty breakfast are far less likely to graze, overdo portions or crave high-calorie foods throughout the day, which ultimately keeps you away from those sneaky extra calories.
For the next two weeks, it couldn't be simpler. You’ll be eating no more than 1,250 calories a day, which should help you shed around 1kg or 2.2lbs a week. Aim for a breakfast of around 500 calories, lunch around 300 calories and a dinner around 200 calories. Breakfast will be your main meal of the day, so they need to be well balanced with a good mixture of protein, healthy carbs and nutrient-rich fruit and veg.
To start off the day, why don’t you try our roasted pepper tortilla (pictured), which at only 272 calories per serving means you still have a way to go to reach the 500 calorie mark so you can accompany it with a couple of rashers of grilled bacon and one slice of wholemeal toast. This makes it a really filling and delicious choice for your first meal of the day!
At 300 calories, lunch won’t leave you feeling hungry either and by dinner time, 200 calories will definitely seem like enough. These three meals should keep you away from snacking and you need to avoid fast food, sweet treats and alcohol on this plan to really get the best results!
Click through for more of our favourite Big Breakfast Diet recipes…
Spiced Chicken Wraps with Crunchy Salad
Not only are these delicious spiced chicken wraps with crunchy salad only 218 calories per serving, they also only take 15 minutes to make. Who said eating healthy had to be boring?
Hot Smoked Salmon Pate
Hot smoked salmon pâté with two Ryvita crackers and 80g fruit salad makes for a delicious and filling lunch, all around 300 calories. The pâté on its own is around 210 calories so you can happily follow it up with a fruit salad.
Tikka Chicken Bites
Enjoy a lunch of these chicken tikka bites with two plums for dessert to bring you up to the 300 calorie mark.
Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Soup
We love this low calorie chicken and shiitake mushroom soup. It's only 217 calories per serving which makes it ideal for lunch, followed by 80g grapes for dessert. 300 calories never looked so tasty!
Prawn, Poppy and Sesame Seed Salad
For supper, you can try this prawn, poppy and sesame seed salad. You won't believe it's only 180 calories, it's so filling and yet won't weigh you down right before bed.
Lightened Up Chicken Korma
Our lightened up chicken korma recipe uses Greek yogurt instead of cream which is why it's only 131 calories per serving. So you can enjoy your favourite curry without the guilt!
Prawn Noodle Bowl
This healthy prawn noodle bowl is an unbelievable 121 calories per serving, which means you can have a nice big bowl of it and be safe in the knowledge that you're looking after your body! Inspired? For more waistline-friendly ideas, take a look at our low calorie meals.
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