All you health nuts looking to lead a healthy lifestyle swear by keeping a hawk’s eye on their diet. Keeping a close watch on your calorie intake, quantum of important nutrients, and micro-nutrients, distributed evenly throughout the day in their diet. Benefits of following a meticulously planned daily diet can be reaped only if you end your day on a healthy note.
Starting your day with a nutritious & filling breakfast allows you to kick start your day the right way. It allows your body to function the whole day by expanding energy from the wholesome meals that you treat yourself throughout the day. Post an entire day of functioning on the energy derived from the morning meals, your body’s energy levels take a dip. It is only imperative that you re-fuel your body with a healthful meal by the end of the day.
So much fuss about eating a healthy dinner, and rightly so. It is recommended that you eat dinner at least three to four hours before going to bed to give your body time to digest the meal. And dinner should be your smallest meal of the day. Not abiding by the above recommendation can lead to weight gain, and jeopardize your weight-loss plans at the blink of an eye. Logically speaking, weight gain and weight loss comes down to a simple math equation. “Too many calories taken in versus not enough expended on any given day, regardless of the time, will lead to weight gain.
Majority of your night time is nap-time, that implies that your body expands less amounts of energy post diner, thereby slowing down your metabolism rate. A lowered metabolism, rate leads to slowed digestion of food. Thus, eating unhealthy and/or junk food during dinner time outs undue pressure on your body break down complex foods, and hamper your weight-loss plans. Also, eating later can promote a negative profile of weight, energy, and hormone markers – such as higher glucose and insulin, which are implicated in diabetes, and cholesterol and triglycerides, which are linked with cardiovascular problems and other health conditions
Avoid eating late at night when you are less active and preparing for sleep. Sleeping immediately after eating can lead to digestive distress, insomnia and weight gain from excess calories being stored as fat, and that’s why dinner should be the smallest & lightest meal of your day. You should incorporate the following foods in dinner meals:
- High Fibre Cereals like oats, raisins, nuts, and granola are high on fibre content and act as tasty dinner time snacks.
- Frozen Fruits as they are also low in fat, relatively low in calories, and have tons of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body
- Yogurt is a great source of calcium and has a ton of protein. It is also low in fat, which is always a good thing to know for a food that you won’t be able to burn off until the next day.
- Peanut Butter on whole grain, which include the germ of the grain, which is removed during the refining of whole wheat grains into white flour. This germ includes important B vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6
- Crackers & cheese are the ideal snacks that offer a balance of carbs and protein like whole-grain crackers and cheese support consistent blood sugar levels
- Shiitake mushrooms have potent phytonutrients that are said to increase resistance to stress and fatigue. While making the bowl, these mushrooms must be included.
Ending your day with a wholesome dinner complements your daylong efforts to have lead a healthy lifestyle, one day at a time. This healthy habit will help you unwind and prepare you well for the next day.