Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Eating an Early Dinner

Early at table, early to rise; makes you feel healthy and light!

One of the grave mistakes you may be making while trying to lose weight is not eating on time. There’s nothing wrong in wanting to eat at the table once every member of the family is back from work or school but did you think if that could be hampering your weight loss process?

Eating an early dinner also goes hand in hand with eating right and in a controlled quantity. It is a misconception that dinner should be a filling meal whereas it is in fact breakfast that should be heavy and nutritious. You might say I’m hitting the bed as soon as dinner is over, so why bother eating early? Or that you might wake up in the middle of the night feeling hungry.

After a hard day’s work all you can think of is a nice, hot meal at the table. Nothing wrong in that – just don’t eat it past everyone’s bed time. Eating close to bed time makes you want to eat a heavy meal to unnaturally satisfy yourself. This leads to increase in triglycerides – the fat in your blood. You hit the bed and the calories you have just consumed do not get used anywhere (since you are snoozing in dreamland) and join the triglycerides club. The result – high cholesterol, risk of heart attack and increase in body weight. Then you wake up in the morning feeling heavy – as though you have just eaten. Also when you sleep late, you tend to consume more calories the next day as you feel sluggish and inactive due to lack of sleep. Either way you skip breakfast and doing so consequently affects the time at which you eat the rest of the meals. So to break this vicious cycle, follow these simple steps:

1. Eat your dinner by 7.30 – 8.00 pm. This way you give your body the time to digest it since you are still moving around before bed time.

2. If you feel hungry by bed time, by all means grab a fruit.

3. A well balanced diet and optimum hours of sleep together work towards controlling your appetite.

4. In order to dine early, be sure not to kill your appetite with an evening snack. If you feel hungry, at say 6 pm, chomp on celery or carrot sticks or drink a small portion of soup.

5. Spread your meals in terms of calorie intake so you don’t feel the need to make up for them in one meal. This will also help to curb cravings and unnecessary (read unhealthy) snacking.

6. Regardless of what time you eat your dinner, be sure to catch a 15 to 20 minute post dinner walk to aid the digestion process. This will also burn any extra calories you may have eaten.

7. Include fiber through salads in your dinner as they help in lowering the cholesterol and aid in weight loss.

Remember to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Whoever said that must have been in a really good shape!

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