Meal Time - Health HatchAre you suffering from heart burn, acidity and digestive problems? Do you experience excess weight gain even when you are not eating too much of food? Yes? Then, it is high time for you to start thinking of why eating on time is important. Skipping meals and not eating on time can affect the normal balance of your body functions.

Everyone knows people who eat plenty and do not gain weight even without excessive exercise or workouts. You probably also know people who do not need to eat much to start gaining weight. Both of these situations are very common. This means that other factors regulate how we use and metabolize the calories we consume.

In this modern time, when people are working even in night, it is difficult to maintain proper timing for food intake. Always keep a regular timetable for your food timing. Human body works in a rhythm and all our body functions are following this. When you are not taking meals in time, this will result in many metabolic disorders. Which will ultimately lead to health issues like diabetes, obesity, heart diseases and digestive disturbances.

Break the fast! Or else the fast will break you!

Breakfast is an important meal of the day. Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast, you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol! It should be consumed within 2 hours of waking. Breakfast helps you burn calories throughout the day. It also gives you the energy and helps you focus at work or at school. Many of us skip breakfast because we are rushing to get out of the door. That’s a mistake. You need food in your system long before lunchtime.  If your body doesn’t get that fuel from food, you may feel zapped of energy — and you will be more likely to overeat later in the day.

Breakfast can include traditional items which are carbohydrate based to kick start your metabolism like dadpe poha, daliya upma, parathas – add a lot of vegetables to it to keep you full and accompany it with some protein source like a glass of milk or a bowl of curd or an egg! If in a rush, you can take unsweetened muesli with milk too!

Timely Lunch for a Metabolic Punch!Thaali - Balanced Meal - Health Hatch

Do not keep more than 4 hours of gap between breakfast and lunch. Lunch is the meal that has the greatest effect on your metabolism. The later you start your lunch the more sluggish your metabolism becomes. The same foods eaten mid afternoon cause to gain more weight than if you would have eaten them earlier. It is important to focus on complex carbohydrate than refined to keep you full for longer.

Lunch can comprise of a complete balanced plate including salads, chapattis or rice, dal, vegetables (except for the starchy ones like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, etc.), curd or buttermilk. Remember, when going in for a non-vegetarian dish, do not to skip out on vegetables, which is the usual practice.

Heavy Cream, or Sweet Dream?

Dinner should be taken before 8 pm. There should be a good time gap between dinner and bed timLight Dinner - Health Hatche. Eating close to bedtime can interfere with the quality of sleep. As we all know, dinner should be the lightest meal and should comprise carbohydrates sparingly and more of proteins and fiber. Lighter the dinner, better the quality of sleep you get. In addition, studies show that late-night eating increases triglyceride levels, a type of fat found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts calories it doesn’t use right away into triglycerides; and high levels may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Hence, more you delay the dinner time, more is risk for obesity, heart disease, and acidity.

Meal times align with the rising and falling of your metabolism. Eating at the proper times activates your metabolism. Eating late and skipping meals stagnates your metabolism. Knowing the importance of eating on time will help you to design a perfect food time table for better health!

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