You would have heard earlier that “Breakfast should be like a Prince, Lunch like King & Dinner like a Pauper”. There is definitely some truth in it. Heavy dinners contribute to weight gain and can be the culprit for not losing weight.
Through the day, even with a sedentary lifestyle, the body is awake and active, and that means it can digest its food effectively, and begin to use the energy created.
When you’re asleep, your basal metabolic rate drops, further hampering digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
Our body works on simple principle of demand and supply. Whenever we are more active we need more energy. Whereas when we aren’t much active we require less energy.
From the time, our day starts in the morning till night, gradually our activity levels lowers (unless you work in night shifts). We really don’t require so much energy when we’re going to relax post dinner and ultimately sleep.
Dinner meals should be smaller as compared to our breakfast or lunch. But, Dinner is also an important meal, which must never be skipped. Skipping this meal will result in a very large gap between your last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day. This can cause ravenous hunger, severe acidity, nausea, blackouts and a disturbed sleep.
Eat a light dinner and stay awake for at least two hours post that. This will help you to avoid that unnecessary fat and weight gain!
Having a lighter dinner has several health benefits –
- Aids in good digestion and induces good sleep.
- Helps in faster gut clearing
- Helps in reducing fat & weight
- Reduces risk of lifestyle diseases like type II Diabetes, Hypertension, High cholesterol etc.
- Helps in reducing PCOD & Hypothyroidism
- Improves metabolism
An ideal dinner should be low on fats, sugars and carbohydrates. The meal should be a combination of protein and fiber. Opt for complex carbohydrates like rotis instead of simple carbs like rice and white bread.
You’ll wake up happy, fresh and full of life the next day, it will clear your bowels and last but not the least, it will help you lose some weight along the way!