Being a part of a typical desi community, one always gets to hear (a bit too much) about having
a fat-free body, going on a fitness diet and working out. Despite their own big bellies, you
would always find aunties at a family get together talking about how Anwar sahab’s daughter
needs to lose some pounds and Kaleem sahab’s daughter needs to gain some. But surprisingly,
these days it’s not only our girls that are chasing the perfect body figure, even the mard hazraat
are no longer behind on this race.
When it comes to men going on a diet to tuck in that belly fat, you would hear them telling
others how they have stopped taking dinner or have made changes to what they include in
their meal at night time. Eating after dark has been associated with weight loss since a very long
time now. However, all that you believe about dinner might not necessarily be true. Hence, we
have jot down for you the five following misconceptions about night time meals.
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1. ‘Eat breakfast like a king and have dinner like a pauper’
This is the one saying that you must have heard a lot from your elders which means
eating a heavy meal at dinner time would make you gain fat whereas you can eat as
much as you desire for breakfast. Well, the real wisdom remains: if you consume more
than you burn, you would gain nevertheless, regardless of the time of the day.
2. ‘Loosen your belt after meal to facilitate easy digestion’
If you really feel the need to loosen your belt after dinner time, you have certainly done
a lot of eating than usual, period. Loosening your belt however, does not lead to smooth
digestion of food, rather makes your abdominal muscles very loose leading to a
3. ‘Take fruits at night as a substitute for a lighter meal’
Fruits are healthy, of course they are! However, the glucose content that fruits carry
hamper with your digestion process if taken before bed time. Avoid replacing your
entire night time meal with fruits as well as avoid taking fruits right after dinner.
4. ‘Do not eat after 6pm’
It does not matter what time you eat after, what matters is the time you go to bed at.
Each one of us needs ample time to digest food before we go to sleep. If you eat at 5pm
instead of 6pm and go to sleep right after you have had your meal, that would be just as
bad. One can take a decent meal that’s easy to digest and wait for a few hours before it
digests, then hit the bed.
5. ‘Skip dinner if you want to cut down on belly fat’
Sure, you might cut down on a few pounds through this one. But there’s definitely a
catch: you would gain back eventually and that would be some pretty dangerous fat.
At the end of the day, you really need to stay focused on taking small portions of a meal instead
of three big meals a day. Stay focused on staying healthy instead of slim and pick a proper
fitness trainer who knows what he/she is doing.
Don’t just listen to that aunty at the family wedding. She doesn’t know your body like you do.