Often you may have heard people saying or read somewhere that dinner should be eaten quickly. Many people believe that if you sleep at 10 o’clock, you should have dinner by at least 6-7 o’clock. According to them, the food eaten after this increases your weight. But how much truth is there in these things and how much effect it has on your weight, today we will tell you some scientific reasons and the opinion of a dietician.
No time to eat, food increases obesity
If you are a businessman and return home late at night, it is difficult for you to have dinner till 6 in the evening. In such a situation it is not necessary that if you eat something after 6 pm, then you will be obese. People understand that eating time affects their weight. But research shows that more than your mealtime, weight gain or incidence depends on what you are eating for dinner.
Calories work by metabolism, not by time.
Fitness experts believe that calories do not matter whether they are taken before 6 am or after 6 pm. The work of calories is to generate energy for the body and help them in this work. If your metabolism is good and you have consumed the same amount of calories as your body needs, then it will not increase your weight at all.
Excess calories increase your weight
The work of increasing your weight and increasing body fat are those calories, which your body is unable to use. These are also called Excess Calories. It is to be noted here that all the calories that your body cannot use as energy are stored in your body in the form of fatty deposits. These are called fat. The body stores these calories so that when needed and lack of energy, it can burn this fat and convert it into energy.
Dinner should be light and digestible
According to dieticians, your dinner should always be light and digestible. Talking about Indian food, you can eat many types of khichdi like sago, khichdi, moong dal khichdi, oatmeal, and dal khichdi, etc. in dinner. Apart from this, one can eat salad, raita, 2 thin chapattis, boiled vegetables, green vegetables cooked in low oil, bitter gourd vegetables, roasted chicken, low-calorie curries and 1 small bowl of rice.
But keep in mind that your food is not able to digest properly by lying down, sitting or sleeping immediately after eating. So after eating dinner, walk at least 30 minutes.
When does food eat late at night increase weight?
As it has been said in the beginning that eating food during the night does not increase your weight, but eating wrong things increases the weight. If you wake up late at night and eat pizza, burgers, donuts, cold drinks or butter and stuffed parathas, then you will gain weight, because they are very high in calories. Whereas if you eat a medium-sized banana or some cheese pieces or carrots and raw salad etc., then it will not increase your weight.
Eating late at night can cause acid reflux
However, people who say that dinner should be eaten quickly is also not completely wrong. Actually, the process of digestion starts after eating food after about 2 hours. Also, when you sleep, many functions of your body become completely slow, including metabolism. So if you eat dinner too late and lie down in a while, then your food is not digested properly. Many times the acid that is made for digestion in the stomach gets out of your stomach while lying down, due to which there is a problem of chest irritation i.e. acid reflux. To avoid this, it is important that you eat food at least 2-3 hours before bedtime and use chili-spices and oil very little in food.