Ask the Expert: Top 5 Foods to Eat at Dinner for Weight Loss. Published: Ndtv Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:33:10 +0530
Did you know our metabolism (capacity to burn calories) is at its lowest towards the end of the day? Therefore it is advisable by many fitness and weight loss experts and nutritionist that the last meal you eat should be the lightest one but balanced in terms of nutrients.
“Eating too close to your bed time can increase your blood sugar levels which can then create a hard time for you to fall asleep. Therefore, your last meal should be the lightest of the day and should be eaten at least 3 hours before you go to sleep,” says nutritionist Shubi Husain.
Eating a high calorie, high sugar or high fat meal at night overloads your digestive system. Follow this thumb rule – Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
Suggestion by the Expert – – Stay away from fast foods, ice-cream and super cheesy foods – Say a strict no-no to high carbohydrates and sugary foods like cake, cookies, dessert and white bread – Avoid red meat and high protein food. Go for skinless poultry (small in portions) and non-fat dairy food – Stay away from hot sauces and spicy foods. Spicy and peppery foods may upset your stomach
Tips: – Instead of salt use herbs (fresh or dried), spices and other flavoring to season foods. – Limit your use of Sodium – Foods laden with sodium are soy sauce, salad dressings, dips, ketchup, and mustard sauce. Avoid having these things late at night. – Avoid processed foods like canned foods, frozen meals and curried meat.
Note: Consuming too much of salt may contribute to high blood pressure which is a risk factor for cardio-vascular disease and it may lead to fluid retention and bloating.
Should one believe in the theory of salt-free? “Your body needs some sodium, so you don’t have to completely eliminate salt from your diet. Decrease your use of salt gradually and your taste buds will adjust. After a few weeks if you cut back on salt, you probably won’t miss it. As you use less salt, your preference for it diminishes, allowing you to enjoy the taste of the food itself with heart healthy benefits,” says Shubi Husain.
It is recommended to go for salt-free twice weekly. What to eat? Salt-free means one should not consume anything except fruits and milk after 7 PM. What is allowed? One can have any fruit like pears, apples, banana, orange, musk melon with one glass of Milk.
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