A lot of the time, people’s supper habits cause them the trouble of weight gain and some lifestyle diseases i.e. high blood cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, just to mention a few.
Why is that the case? It is so because supper is either eaten late at night or the supper meal is just not right for the time it is taken.
When you eat and soon go to bed, you do not get the chance to utilise that food. In the end, the energy from the food gets stored as fat.
That is the beginning of many problems to come.
Due to work schedules, many people eat supper at night, say 8 p.m.to 9 p.m. thereabouts. That is what their situation can afford them but with time, these night food eaters develop pot bellies, they become obese and then end up with the complications of obesity such as type 2 diabetes.
Knowing that late night heavy or high caloric food intake can lead one to these bad complications, many people choose not to eat at night so that they can prevent the bad effects of doing so. In the end, only a few of such people actually go to bed without eating anything. Even if they do, it is not the best of practices because they end up staying long hours without eating, a situation which is responded to by their body system. This results in slowing down their metabolic rates and even causing further metabolic disorders.
The rest will eat something by all means before bedtime even though they chose earlier in the evening to forego their supper for health reasons. The food chosen to satisfy their hunger late at night ends up delivering a lot of energy into their system at a point in time but they will not burn such calories.
Drinks, fruits, oats, tea/other beverages and bread, porridge and biscuits are top among the foods chosen by late night eaters. These are foods that will sort you out and guarantee a good night sleep but the calories they leave in you which end up as fat will hurt some days to come.
The solution to this is to eat a good supper at a good time. The supper is good and healthy when portions are well controlled, when there isn’t so much oil in the stews or soups, when the proteins are not fried and the food is eaten at a good time; say between 5.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.; obviously before 7 p.m.
Once you do this, you are more likely to go through the evening without having the urge to eat again or satisfy your hunger.
This can be achieved especially if one considers all the health benefits in doing so and exercises self-control.
Hunger may arise at a point but it will not be as severe as the kind that worries those who say they will not eat supper. In some cases, drinking water alone can help curb such light hunger pangs. In other instances, drinking soup which is not oily can help as well.
Even eating salads without mayonnaise will be a good solution to late night hunger occurring in someone who ate supper earlier in the evening.
What is the magic in this? The magic is that salads, oil free soups, water and tea without bread have very little or no calories (energy). Therefore, eating them in the night poses no health challenges.
Source: Wise Chukwudi Letsa/Graphiconline
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