Eating Meals On Time Helps To Revolutionize Body Functions To Make You Twice As Healthy

Eating Meals On Time Helps To Revolutionize Body Functions To Make You Twice As Healthy

health and fitness
health and fitness

Some people love to eat, some eat because they have to, some eat sparingly, and some even binge-eat based on their emotions. Overall, food consumption among people varies across cultures, regions, social classes, and definitely across personal preferences. This makes it so that people have varying attitudes about food and its consumption. However, it is an irrefutable fact wherever you are in the world that the state of your health and fitness is intimately related to the food you eat, the frequency of your meals, the timing of your meals, and even the mindset you are in while you eat.In particular, the timing and frequency of meals are a topic that is rarely discussed when speaking about a healthy lifestyle and being fitness conscious. Although fitness professionals and nutritionists have always stressed these two points, they go understated among the general public. Still, there is no understating the significance of these two points on an individual’s health and overall quality of life.

Healthy lifestyle in ages past

For years, in various cultures, the timing of meals has been ingrained into their very lifestyle and culture, and thus, people, in ignorance, were following the right habits. Due to the wisdom of these cultures and their intimate knowledge of the workings of the human bodies, generations were able to live a life, while not technologically, but one that ensured that quality of living was at its peak. However, with the advent of technology and ultrafast-paced living, these basic traditions began to be ignored and with them, the golden knowledge contained within them. As a result, people started to skip meals—women were more prone to skipping breakfast while men likely missed lunch and dinner according to certain studies—and favoured fast foods because of the ease and convenience of consumption.

This practice has infiltrated through every facet of society, and the work culture nowadays cannot help but follow suits, leaving most people ignorant of the folly of their practices citing the following excuses:

  • excess workload
  • lack of appetite
  • long commutes
  • unappealing food
  • desire to lose weight/fixation over body image
  • lack of time

The repercussions of these excuses tend to have far-reaching effects on not just the health and fitness of an individual but also on their work performance, family, etc.

Skipping meals or poor meal timings cause:

It leads to a decrease in muscle mass
Causes low energy levels
It increases irritability and decreases the ability to think straight
It increases the risk of weight gain and Type 2 diabetes
Causes fluctuation in blood glucose levels which works against weight management and diabetes

Circadian clocks or biological timing systems are your body’s own schedule system. It is ingrained into every cell of your body. It coordinates our behaviours and physical functions while simultaneously syncing with the environment to coordinate the body’s internal functions with the surroundings. For example, when your meal timings are out of sync with circadian rhythms, then it has a feedback effect on food digestion and, in turn, can be linked to multiple health conditions like obesity, diabetes, and dyslipidemia.

Very briefly, these are the standard meal timings generally accepted:

BREAKFAST

Between 7–8 am

Eat within 30 minutes of waking up
Not later than 10 am
Make sure you have a protein component in your breakfast

LUNCH

Between 12–1 pm

Try and keep a gap of 4 hours between your breakfast and lunch
Not later than 4 pm.

DINNER

Between 7–7:30 pm

A gap of 3 hours should be maintained between dinner and bedtime
Not later than 10 pm
Eating just before bedtime can interfere with the quality of sleep.

At Eat2BHealthy, we aim to help our clients and viewers make the right decisions to lead a healthy and disease-free lifestyle educating them on all the facets of healthy living. Our approach is that the power resides in each one of us and our decisions to ultimately help to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our ultimate goal is to guide our audience in creating a personalized lifestyle in order to stay fit and healthy.

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