Saturday, May 25, 2013

Why you must Dine like a Pauper!

A famous person once say, “Have breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper?’ But you may think why bother, with some age-old saying and disturb the sumptuous, mouth watering menu awaiting you tonight, what if, you were also told that having this foodie extravaganza, or even simple, but heavy meals in the night can actually leave you with a feeling of fullness lingering in your stomach, with chances of constipation and acid reflux, then may be the rich food can turn into an unhealthy proposal! Don’t believe? Read on….
Weight gain
Many dietician explains, “Dinners must always be light, because after dinner, a person usually relaxes, and in a short time, he goes to sleep. This lack of activity after a heavy dinner, makes it difficult for the body to digest the food properly and to burn calories. This in turn leads to the storage of food as fats because there is no utilization of energy after a heavy dinner. All this leads to weight gain, that is why, a person must eat only until the time he feels full and this is why light dinners are preferable.
A bad night sleep
Also, it is advisable to have light dinners and that too early, because when you have too heavy food, and too late, it can leave you with a feeling of fullness, thereby making it difficult for you to get a quick, good night’s your sleep. You will not be able to get up early. If you eat late and heavy, you will not have an appetite for breakfast, the next day morning which will in turn, lead to further health related problems.
Health problems
Besides, a heavy, late night dinner also hampers with your digestion leaving you feeling bloated in the morning, and the problem with digestion can in turn lead to constipation and acidity in the morning if the food has been too spicy.
 “Light dinners that include khichdi with kadhi for instance, contain good amounts of protein which is very good for health, is easy and quick in digestion and leaves you with feeling full, without even having taken in many calories” – explains Krishma.  
The timing must be right-
Eat 3 hours prior to sleep
It is not just about the quantity of food, but also the timing of food that matters, says, Krishma. Dinners must always be had at least three hours before going to bed. This is because after you have eaten your food, your body requires at least three hours for proper digestion of food.
Eat three hours before bedtime to lose weight
The virtues of an early, light dinner have always been reiterated across different communities in India. The reason for this, is that dinner eaten after late evening, actually slows down the body’s mechanisms thereby leading to a multiplication in the number of harmful microorganisms in the body.
Modern nutrition experts, though, suggest that eating dinner early can help you lose weight, especially if you eat at least three hours before you go to bed. It has been proved that people who eat late, tend to overeat. Also, as our body does not remain active in the night, it does not require high calorie meals either. This is the reason why an early dinner is always good.
Foods for a healthy dinner
Choose your foods judiciously, so that your dinner remains, light, yet, filling and satisfying. Overall, your foods should be high on proteins, low on calories, high on fruits and veggies as these are low calorie and keep you feeling full, and must have at least one soup and a salad. Avoid eating rice in the night, as it has high glycemic index and gives more energy but because you don’t do any activity where this energy can be used, the body stores it as fats.
 Skip your dinner: If you think skipping dinner will help you in weight loss, think again! It will instead make you develop more fat, which means more pounds. So, even if you have eaten nothing the entire day, do have your dinner, but keep it very light. This is because if you suddenly have a very heavy dinner after fasting the entire day, it can affect negatively on your health.
Go for a stroll immediately after dinner:
Contrary to popular perception, walking directly after dinner strains your digestive system, because when you walk, blood is diverted from the stomach - where it is needed to digest the food - to the legs. Even if you decide to take a stroll, go for it at least an hour after dinner.
So, next time you think of loading your plate with all the rich delicacies at your friend’s late night wedding party, remember, you got to dine like a pauper, and stick to your daily calorie quota...

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