Eating the right food is imperative as it contributes to your weight loss regime. But, eating the right food at the right time is something that most of us disregard. Hence, as a result, things might not seem to be working in your favor on the weighing machine besides putting in a lot of effort. Eating five times a day has become mundane but have you ever thought about what to eat when?
Let’s get into the details of certain types of food that you consume every day. This will help you understand what type of food has to be consumed and when, for effective results. Following this will make you shed those extra calories effortlessly.
People blindly go by the masses to claim that having a banana at any hour of the day might help in digestion. That is not the case. Bananas are rich in fiber and potassium and will help you boost your immune system immensely. Filled with magnesium, this fruit also helps in rejuvenating your skin. Eat a banana around midday or noon. Never eat during late night hours as this causes mucus and is also tough on digestion.
Rice is rich in carbohydrates and having a bowl of rice during your lunch hours is very beneficial. It will keep you filled and energetic for long hours. Rice is a staple food and you might end up eating leftover rice at night. This has to be avoided even if you are planning to eat a smaller cup during bedtime as it will increase your weight easily.
Potatoes, either fried or boiled are everyone’s favorite! But having potatoes at night might shoot up your calories and add more to your weight rather than decreasing it. Potatoes are rich in magnesium, vitamin, and fiber which when consumed in your morning breakfast will fill your hunger and boost your energy levels. Grab those potatoes for your morning toast right away!
Apple is rich in pectin content. This helps in controlling your blood sugar levels and also maintains your cholesterol. Hence, eating an apple in the morning during your breakfast hours or in between snack hours is highly recommended. Apple is rich in antioxidants and fibers and this will boost your energy levels. But eating apples during late evening or at night isn’t recommended as pectin content is not easily digestible.
Nuts have loads of energy in them like unsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids. You can eat a handful of nuts during your snack breaks. But do not have them late at night as you are giving an easy way to increase your weight.
6) Pulses and Beans
You might be planning to eat a cup of beans in the morning with your toast! As yummy as it might sound, you are only giving way to binge eating in between meals. Pulses and beans are rich in fiber. They help in controlling your cholesterol excellently when eaten around noon.
Milk on the contrary to the above-listed food items, should be consumed at night. Milk is rich in calcium, tryptophan, and vitamin D and helps you have a sound sleep. This will also help in weight reduction and decrease your food cravings. So drink a glass of warm milk before going to bed.
Have those cheese cubes ready if in case you can’t fall asleep at night! Yes, you read that right. No dairy products during bedtime is actually a myth. Cheese is rich in tryptophan which is a nutrient that induces sleep. Having said that, eating a lot of cheese during bedtime is definitely going to toil your digestive system in breaking the excess fat in late hours. So the best time to eat cheese is in the morning with a toast which will provide you with enough calcium and proteins for the entire day.
Eating sugar during the day will add to your carbohydrates and will help you stay fit and active throughout the day. Though sugar consumption is good, over-consumption might hinder the orexin cells, thereby making you feel sluggish. Avoid sugar at night because it will ruin your sleep and add more to your calories.
Curd being a probiotic helps a lot in aiding digestion. A bowl of fresh greek yogurt in your breakfast is undoubtedly the best way to kick-start your day. Consumption of curd at night leads to mucus formation. In such cases, you can opt for buttermilk.
Having listed a few of the commonly consumed food in your daily routine, the bottom line is, opt for those food items that are easy to digest at night and which make your digestive system relax and eat those that are heavy to digest during the day.
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