A plethora of nutritious meals with a combination of light physical activity is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
But in the bigger picture, we often unknowingly forget the key components that drive the maximum output from your diet i.e. time.
Something that we practiced during our school life but got too busy to include in our day to day lifestyle is the punctuality of taking our meal.
Why is timing so important?
Our bodies follow a natural clock. They are programmed in a way as to sense the lack of nutrition when there is a slight sense of starvation because of delay in a meal. In response, our body’s rate of burning calories slows down to preserve more energy.
And thus, the process can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
Now the main question here is what are the best times to eat?
There is no hard and fast rule to follow a scheduled diet but the key is to eat with an interval of 3 to 4 hours to let your stomach digest the content properly and maintain the schedule with all your heart.
Here are a few pointers to consider for a healthy food practice:
- The most important meal that is best consumed within an hour of waking up.
- Do not delay breakfast later than 10 am.
- Add a healthy amount of protein, fiber to your breakfast.
- Keep an average gap of 4 hours between lunch and dinner.
- Do not delay lunch later than 3 pm.
- Keep an ideal gap for 2 to 3 hours between dinner and bedtime.
- The ideal time for dinner is between 7 pm to 9 pm.
- Do not delay dinner later than 10 pm.
Workout meal –
- Never workout on an empty stomach
- Take a meal rich in protein, complex carbs 1 to 2 hours before a workout.
- The best advice is to consult an expert regarding proper diet and timing.