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What to Eat at Dinner … and Avoid Weight Gain

Top 10 Anti-Aging Nutrition Habits

Body weight is largely regulated by what goes into the stomach and more by the time when it is rendered to the body. No matter whether your goal is weight loss or management, you need to carefully watch your meals. About dinner….the earlier you eat, the better. This allows the body time to digest food properly, while you are awake and active. If you eat and go bed soon after, it does not have enough time to digest what you have eaten before resting. Food sits in the body overnight, then passes out without being properly digested, or it can hang around too long in the body as undigested waste.

A Northwestern University study has found that eating at irregular times — the equivalent of the middle of the night for humans, when the body wants to sleep — influences weight gain.

Key Points for Dinner Time Meal
Less wheat

Wheat is not the most digestion-friendly food and by now you should be adjusting to eating less of it, replacing it with more fresh fruit and vegetables. Begin to phase wheat out of your evening meals now and experiment with replacements such as wild rice, millet, lentils and barley. These have a cleansing effect on the body because of their high fibre content and are an excellent source of protein, which the body needs to maintain and repair itself. You can also buy wheat-free pasta and bread.

Eat your greens

Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, courgettes and asparagus all have antioxidant properties, as do red peppers and carrots. Antioxidants are our first line of defence against ageing, heart disease, cancer and the harmful effects of stress. They neutralize free radicals, unstable substances that occur in the body as a by-product of oxidation, which can cause damage, especially to cell membranes.

Size is important

The body needs more energy during the day, when you are active, and less energy during the night, when you are asleep. Alter the size of your meals accordingly: make breakfast and lunch your bigger, heartier meals and keep your evening meal simple and more alkaline-based. Try to include protein, vegetables and occasionally some carbohydrates. Enhance the flavour of food by experimenting with fresh herbs and spices rather than cooking with fat and oil. Remember that the fat in fish is good for you as it contains selenium, an antioxidant, which can help control cholesterol levels and may also help protect against cancer.

Healthy dinners suggestions

Note: Do not starve at night because that will further slow metabolism and put a stop to the weight loss process. But definitely do not over eat. Over eating beyond 4pm leads to adiposity. The 30 minute walk is also excellent for aiding your digestion.

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