Skipping dinner won’t help you lose weight, despite popular opinion. What you’ll actually be doing is making yourself more unhealthy.
Eating well means living well, and so nothing will help you feel as good inside and out as making an effort to not only watch what you eat but also how you eat.
One example is the timing: when you eat dinner is absolutely a determining factor in how much weight you lose.
A heavy dinner late at night will make your body work extra hard to digest the food.
As a result, you’ll have trouble sleeping, and along with insomnia will come weight gain.
If you remember that little things can do a lot, you’ll understand how, without you even realizing it, those extra pounds, that sluggishness in the morning, that heartburn, and eventually that diabetes comes about.
You must take care of yourself, listen to your body, and improve the quality of your dinners.
Here we’ll tell you about 5 simple adjustments to make: they don’t cost anything and they’re easy!
1. Start with soup
Carrot, celery, squash soup… It’s always a good idea to find a tasty recipe for a seasonal vegetable soup you can make at home. Healthy and delicious.
The reason it’s advisable to make it a part of your dinner, and the first part of it, is simple: it will help you feel satisfied and full.
It will also help you sleep better by helping your digestion while providing quality nutrition.
A hot bowl of soup is also good for anyone who comes home from work stressed out. It forces you to eat more slowly and is soothing for your stomach.
“Learn How to Prepare Delicious Vegetable Broths to Lose Weight”
2. Why should I eat dinner early?
We know that it’s not always possible to eat dinner when you want to. It all depends on your schedule and obligations.
But as much as possible, it’s essential to follow this principle: you should eat at least two hours before going to bed.
That way you will be able to get 7 to 8 hours of deep, restorative sleep.
You’ll be giving your digestive system the chance to absorb nutrients, the chance to get some rest, and the chance to lose weight and be healthy.
3. It’s not about having a small dinner, it’s about eating the right dinner
If the choice is between not having dinner and having a bag of potato chips for dinner, it’s better to have nothing. If it comes down to a baked potato and salmon with spinach, the latter will always be better.
It’s about eating well, choosing the foods you eat for dinner well.
Here are some small guidelines:
- Cooked vegetables are better than raw, as they’re more easily digested.
- Fish is better than red meat, as your body likes fish protein better at this time of day, and the healthy fatty acids are wonderful for your heart and losing weight.
- Add whole grains or seeds to your dinner two or three times a week: they will help repair your tissues overnight. (Be careful not to overdo it though.)
4. Say no to sauces, battered and fried foods
We know that when it comes time to make dinner, you probably don’t have much time or energy; that’s why you turn to the classic fried foods, frozen pizzas, battered fish fillets, crispy chicken…
Those don’t cut it for three basic reasons: they will make you gain weight, they won’t fill you up, and they take a lot longer to digest… Not to mention that they’re not especially nutritious.
So, to give an example, one idea for a dinner that will help you lose weight and be healthier is:
- Fish that are high in omega 3’s
- A piece of easily-digested fruit
- A cup of oat milk with honey
- Soothing teas like sage or lime blossom
5. Fruit at dinner time: yes or no?
Fruit at dinnertime can be bad for you if you pick heavy, sugary, or processed fruit. The latter means that all its nutrients are gone.
- One recommendation: baked apples are a great choice with dinner.
- Papayas and pears are also excellent.
- Bananas–not too ripe though–are fantastic for one specific reason: they contain tryptophan, an amino acid that will help you get a good night’s sleep.
- A tasty option is gelatin, a good idea to have two or three times a week at dinner.
“Check this article out too: 10 Fruits that are Rich in Potassium”
To conclude, these 5 ideas are easy to apply and will help you out, not just with watching your weight, but also with taking care of yourself by creating good habits.
Are you ready to put them into practice today?