It is said that you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a minister and dinner like a peasant. The logic behind this is in the morning you require maximum energy and fuel to get you through the day. During lunch, you need to appropriately equate your meal and make it too light or too heavy. During dinner stick to easy-to-digest foods that are easy on the stomach. But do you actually follow this mantra? Dinner is the time when we prefer eating with our family together because breakfast and lunch are usually consumed alone or in hurry in every day’s schedule or just end of the day exhaustion our dinner mistakes is hampering our weight loss goals and putting our health in risk.
the 5 most common mistakes you are making while having dinner.
- CONSUMING HEAVY
Your dinner should be 20 to 25 percent of your daily calories. Having a full plate of rajma chawal or paratha at night, especially without any veggies will make you very uncomfortable. Just make sure that you don’t eat too much as you are not going to do any activity at night that will help you burn off all the calories.
TIP: a cup of rice with a cup of veggies or 1 portion of chicken is good to go. Skip refined items like pasta and noodles and avoid dessert as it can spike your blood sugar levels.
- CONSUMING ALCOHOL OR CAFFEINATED DRINKS
Caffeine and alcohol seriously hamper your sleep. Sugar content and caffeine keep you awake throughout the night. And also having alcohol with dinner causes binge eating which is really harmful to your health.
TIP: have a glass of water after dinner in at least 30 minutes.
- DINNER TIMINGS
Consume food at least 2 hours before bed, as it takes that much time to digest food. If your food isn’t digested before bed, it can lead to acidity, gas and bloating. Therefore it is important to eat around 7.30 pm or 8 pm so you can go to bed at a reasonable timing about 10.
TIP: go for a walk before bed.
- PREP FOR THE DINNER:
People living alone or far from their families forget or are too lazy to prep for the dinner. This usually ends up in ordering in or going out and consuming oily or spicy food. Restaurant foods are usually loaded with hidden salts, fats and sugar. This is the sure shot way of getting obese. You shouldn’t be eating out more than once a week
TIP: stock up your fridge beforehand of all the veggies and ingredients you need for making dinner.
- UNHEALTHY DINNER TABLE SETUP:
The setup like placing serving dishes on the table is a very bad idea as it can lead to overeating. Avoid that cute little salt sprinkler on the table as it can lead to sodium overload. The main and the most problematic thing during dinner is grazing in front of the TV. It can lead to over and slow eating.
TIP: Portion your plates at the stove and in the kitchen and wait for at least 10 minutes before you go for a second go. And instead of salt try fresh black pepper or dried oregano or thyme.
We know you wait a whole day for dinner time to eat and chit-chat along with your family. But, eating in a wrong way can put you and your loved ones into numerous health issues. Dinner is the most looked forward and most important meal hampering your health. Let us give a chance to tailor your timely meals according to your body and we will make sure that you aren’t left out with any essential nutrients and stay happy and healthy!