(CNN) — Skipping meals may seem like a good weight loss strategy, but it can actually backfire.
If you battle with your weight, remember this: eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
“Make sure you have a large hearty breakfast and then lunch should be enough to power you through the rest of the day, and at dinner have a very light dinner so you can sleep well and be restored for the next day,” Marisa Moore, of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, told CNN.
If the evening meal is your biggest, or you skip meals, you are not alone.
But skipping meals does not help us lose weight. People who don't eat breakfast, for instance, tend to weigh more than those who do.
“Breakfast helps to kind of rev up the metabolism it helps to jump start your body, so that you can actually burn more calories during the day,” Moore said.
It also helps keep our hunger level on an even keel so we don't reach for the junk food.
Also eat a balanced lunch each day. Moore suggests a lean protein, like the turkey in this sandwich, whole grains and plenty of fruits and veggies.
And for dinner, no more royal treatment, keep it simple and light.
Marisa Moore recommends that you, “just have a salad with a little bit of beans or some chicken on top. And maybe a glass of milk or some yogurt.”
It’s best to eat every four to five hours, so include healthy snacks to tie you over between meals.