Eating is a natural activity that is supposed to make us healthy. But most times we do it the wrong way and this has several drastic effects on our health. One of the ways we do this is eating late at night.
Dining late can affect several bodily functions including weight regulation, metabolic regulation, heart health, and sleep cycle too.
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Here are 5 reasons to start having your dinner early
One common reason why people start eating an early dinner is weight loss. According to experts, people should eat dinner in the window of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. to effectively reduce the overall amount of calorie intake. This works because you reach a point of satiety earlier and your body can digest and utilise the food better.
Cuts Down Risk of Obesity
When you eat dinner late, your body fails to utilise the calories you consume for energy and instead stores them as fat. If you continue in this habit, the number of calories stored will accumulate and leads to weight gain and even obesity.
Promotes Better Sleep
Eating close to bedtime can result in the poor quality of sleep and your digestive system has to work while you’re asleep, leading to a disruption in your REM or deep sleep cycles. This could cause you to wake up at intervals during the night or could even make you find it difficult sleeping at all.
Better Heart Health
When people eat late dinners, they may crave more food. This prevents the calories from being burned off and causes them to be converted to triglycerides, a fatty acid that increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. People who eat early dinners reduce the chances of triglyceride formation.
Improves Mood and Energy Levels
Eating dinner early can boost your overall mood because your body has more time to regulate blood sugar levels, making you less fatigued and more energised. Not only that, eating early provides you with more energy to perform activities at night.
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