Never Skip Dinner

What can I eat for dinner? Should I even eat dinner? Maybe, I should eat a 'no-carb' dinner...

Don't these questions perplex most of us? Especially those who believe that 'food = calories'. Food is the magical fuel that not only nourishes us to live a satisfied, accomplished and happy life but is also the reason you and I are alive. But fearing food is the best way to lose the plot.
And this fear of food doubles when we think of eating at night. Why? Do you believe that when the sun sets, your breathing, circulation or vision reduces? No! This beautiful human body is constantly working, even through the night when we are sleeping. The pumping action of the heart, the breathing through the lungs, the excretory system - all work 24*7, a feat no machine can ever match. Thus, fuelling this body is essential, be it before or after the sun has set.

Don't sleep on an empty stomach
I agree dinner meals should be smaller as compared to our breakfast or lunch; only because our activity gradient reduces as the day progresses (unless you are working night shifts). But dinner is also an important meal, which must never be skipped. Skipping this meal will result in a very large gap between your last meal of the day and the first meal of the next day. This can cause ravenous hunger, severe acidity, nausea, blackouts and a disturbed sleep to name some of the most basic side-effects. Skipping a meal as important as dinner can also be the reason you give in to temptation and crave 'something sweet' at night. This happens because you have not filled your bowl well through the day with the right calories (read carbs) and thus will reach out and fill it with the wrong ones (read desserts) - instincts of survival, remember?

What's the right time to eat?
The earlier you eat your dinner, the better it is, only because you are awake longer and perhaps, a little more active than you'd be too late in the night. When we are awake, our body works at BMR (basal metabolic rate) but when we sleep, its slows down to RMR (resting metabolic rate). The longer you are awake, the more your body will be able to burn versus burning lesser at rest. But as I said earlier, dinner is an important meal and it should not be skipped. So, definitely eat a light dinner and stay awake for at least two hours post that. Yes, sacrificing your sleep may be the price you have to pay, but you can't win everywhere!

Heavy dinners cause 'fat hangovers'
Eating a very large, lavish dinner results in what I call a 'fat hangover'! Just like drinking excess alcohol slows you down the next day, eating a large, high-sugar or highfat meal at night overloads your digestive system. It doesn't get adequate rest through the night, thereby slowing your body physically and mentally the next day.The key here is to maintain a balance. Eat a light, healthy, carb-included, small dinner every night and see how easily you fall asleep. You'll wake up happy, fresh and full of life the next day, it will clear your bowels and last but not the least, it will help you lose some weight along the way!

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"Walk Your Way To Life"

Walking is the best form of exercise. It is low-impact on the joints and high-impact in results. It burns calories on per-mile basis equivalent to running (average 100 per mile for an adult, only the distances vary). Labeled as leisurely exercise though, it offers a great workout for the entire body. But how to make it better? Increase pace, not the stride. Walk at a brisk speed of 12-13 min per mile (4.5 mph) from an ordinary walk of 3 mph.

Secret: Take more steps per minute at a normal stride. Do not increase stride. Longer stride in less time causes fatigue and is less effective.

Line Yourself: Olympic and other elite race-walkers swing their hips more often than the sedentary folks do. Their feet move in line, as opposed to walking with legs at shoulder width.

Proper arms movement: Swinging arms correctly are necessary. Arms should be bent at the elbow at an 85 degree angle, and should be pumped close to the body from the lower breast bone to the back of the hips. This actually propels the body forward, and helps achieve a quicker and shorter stride.

Few Tips to Keep You Fit & Healthy
Want to keep up your fitness & health? Read the following & enjoy a healthy life:
  • Try to get up early in the morning rather before dawn.
  • After awaking, take 2-3 glasses of water.
  • Never take bed-tea, as it is harmful to your digestion system.
  • Neither eat too much nor too little, your meal should be balanced.
  • Do not have meal while you are watching the TV or you are reading something.
  • Always take fresh, hot & digestive food.
  • There must be a gap of about 4 hours between lunch & dinner.
  • Do not have the fruit with the food; it should be taken one hour before or after the meal. The water should also be had in the same manner.
  • Take some rest after lunch & walk a little after dinner.