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Research Says It’s Healthier To Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince And Dine Like A Beggar

Research Says It’s Healthier To Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince And Dine Like A Beggar

Many of us are rushing to get to work in the morning, or to start with our daily chores, so we tend just to grab something to eat on the go, and eat the largest meal for dinner, when we have the time to sit down and eat. Most of the dietary recommendations focus on what we should eat, yet, when do we eat is equally, if not more important. A recent research[1] indicates that we can lose more weight if we consume more calories in the morning and less in the evening. Thus, if you “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a beggar”, you can be healthier and thinner.

Late-night overeating leads to indigestion and influences your metabolism

Your metabolism is getting slower as the day goes by, and it also slows down when you skip a meal. That is why it is important to have a large breakfast every morning to have enough time to burn the calories and boost your metabolism, whereas the large intake of calories in the evening leaves less time for them to be processed properly. In addition to slowing down your metabolism, when you eat a large meal latter in the day, it can lead to indigestion, which causes stomach pain and bloating. It takes around three hours for food you ate to digest, thus if you eat late and go to bed soon afterward, it means you have a lot of undigested food and acid in the stomach, which increases your chance for acid reflux.

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People whose biggest meal of the day is breakfast have a reduced desire to eat later, so they end up consuming fewer calories during the rest of the day, and they have good concentration and more energy to perform everyday tasks, and in return, their mood improves. Another healthy benefit of eating a big breakfast is that it can improve your blood sugar levels.

When you eat may be more important than what you eat

San Raffaele Rome Open University conducted a research[2] on a group of 18 women who consumed the same amount of calories, however, one group of women ate more calories in the first half of the day, while the other group ate more calories in the second half of the day.

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The results showed that the women who consumed more calories in the first half of the day lost more weight than the other group, and their sugar levels improved as well. This proves that even if we eat the same amount of food, if we eat more calories until the afternoon, we can experience weight loss since our bodies are programmed to burn the calories in the first half of the day, and store energy supplies during the night.

Plan your diet carefully

You should plan your diet so as to consume one-third of your daily calories intake in the morning. For breakfast, you should focus on eating more proteins and fewer carbohydrates and fats. You can start your day with protein-rich foods, such as Greek yogurt, egg whites, cottage cheese, smoked salmon, turkey breast and tofu. You can also include healthy carbs, such as whole grains, oatmeal, nuts, fruits and vegetables. If you want to eat something sweet, take a little piece of dark chocolate. Generally, your breakfast should include 7 servings of protein, 2 servings of carbohydrates, 2 servings of fat and 1 sweet.

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Lunch should include 3 servings of protein, 3 servings of low-calorie vegetables, 2 servings of sweeter vegetables and 1 serving of fruit. You can, for example, eat steamed asparagus, green salad, chicken breast, and some fruit.

As for dinner, it should consist of 0-3 servings of protein, unlimited low-calorie vegetables, 2 servings of sweeter vegetables, and 1 serving of fruit. You can eat green beans, mixed salad, boiled eggs and some blueberries.

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Reference

[1]http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2016/06%20June/Is-when-we-eat-as-important-as-what-we-eat.aspx
[2]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24809437

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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