Sleeping early is considered beneficial for us, not only because it allows you to get the required sleep, but also because you can wake up more energetic and refreshed the next morning. However easy and healthy as it may be, sleeping early is actually quite a task, and with Netflix and all the binge worthy movies and TV shows, not many people are able to call it a night on time. What is considerably easier to abide by and inarguably equally beneficial, is having an early dinner. Most doctors and nutritionists swear by the notion that dining early is beneficial for health, and today we will take a look at why health experts always recommend wrapping up the day’s gustatory activities earlier than we usually do.
One of the biggest motivations of eating dinner early is that it helps with weight loss. According to experts, the best window for eating meals is between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and by wrapping up your dinner early, you are more likely to consume fewer calories. This happens because you reach the point of satiety earlier, and your body is able to utilize the food more efficiently.
Reduces the risk of obesity
When you eat late, the calories you consume are not required by your body for energy, therefore they end up getting stored as fat. Eating late regularly ignites a cycle of calories being stored as fat, which could lead to weight gain and even obesity.
Reduces the risk of cancer
A cancer study showed that those who eat dinner at least two hours prior to bed have a reduced risk of cancer. For men, there was a 26% reduced risk of prostate cancer, and for women, there was a 16% reduced risk of breast cancer.
Improves mood and energy levels
Eating dinner early gives your body more time to stabilize blood sugar levels, which plays a role in making you feel less fatigued and irritable. Moreover, eating early gives you more energy to perform activities before bed.
Improves digestive health
If you eat food before getting in bed, food is not digested properly as lying down causes many problems like acid reflux, gas, bloating, or abdominal pain. All these problems are symptoms of indigestion, and the more gap you leave between dinner and sleep, the better your digestive system functions.
Having a meal close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep. Your digestive system will be functioning while you while you are asleep, which can affect your REM or deep sleep, causing restlessness or sleeplessness. Eating late has similar effects on sleep like alcohol does.
Improves heart health
People who eat dinner late are more susceptible to eating more. When you eat late, the calories aren’t burned off, and they are converted to triglycerides, a fatty acid that increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Eating dinner earlier reduces the risk of triglycerides formation.
FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT
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Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.