4 Undeniable Reasons to Eat Dinner Early

We live such busy lives that eating dinner becomes more of a chore, less of a need for nourishment. The result: We push dinner until later. But this shouldn’t be. Eat your dinner early to keep your body fit!


Reasons to Eat Dinner Early

Of course, getting the early-bird special also has its economic benefits. But the health benefits are more important since health is, indeed, wealth.


Avoid Overeating

During the late afternoon and early evening hours, your body will be already tired. Your risks for overeating increases because your body demands more nourishment. You may even overeat in response to the stresses experienced during the day.


Overeating during dinner can also be the result of delayed eating. You may have skipped your breakfast or lunch, perhaps eaten a sandwich as a snack. Your body’s intense hunger will contribute to your urge to overeat during dinner.

We all know the health risks of overeating, particularly obesity. In turn, obesity increases the risks for chronic degenerative diseases like diabetes. The less you overeat, the less your risks for these diseases can be.


Effective Weight Maintenance

Eating your dinner early contributes to effective weight maintenance in three ways. First, you have better control over the urge to overeat. You can eat small portions of healthy food instead of giving in to the junk food temptation, too.

With these two aspects of a balanced diet, you can shed the extra pounds faster. Afterwards, you can maintain your ideal weight, a must in keeping a fit body. 

Second, your body will not store insulin and fat in response to your early eating habits. Otherwise, the insulin and fat storage changes your body’s response to diet and exercise. You will find that your late dinner habits add the pounds, especially in your middle area.


Third, you’re giving your body the opportunity to burn off the calories consumed from the dinner. Your digestive system can process the food faster, too, before it’s your bedtime. You don’t want to experience the symptoms of heartburn from undigested food.

You’re also less active in the evening – unless, you usually exercise after office hours. With a late dinner, your body will be unable to burn off most of the calories. The “unburned” calories turn into triglycerides, a type of fat that increases the risks of heart attack or stroke in high levels.


Better Digestive Health

When you eat a later dinner, you’re likely to sleep soon after. In the morning after waking up, you will feel bloated, perhaps even feel the signs of heartburn. Your digestive system was unable to process the food efficiently, thus, these symptoms.

Better Digestive Health

Over time, your digestive system will show the stress placed upon it. Your heartburn episodes in the morning can become a full-fledged gastro-intestinal disorder.


Better Sleep

Eating a late dinner also contributes to a lower sleep quality. Your body needs 1 to 2 hours to settle down, so to speak, after a meal. You’re habit of eating a late dinner and going to sleep soon afterwards will take your body for a loop.

Better Sleep

You can wake up feeling full in the middle of the night. You can also get up many times to pee, no thanks to the water with your late dinner. In either case, your body’s natural circadian rhythm is adversely affected.

The bottom line: You will enjoy better health when you eat your dinner early!

When to Eat Your Dinner

Each individual obviously has his own eating schedule. According to health experts, the best time to eat dinner is between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Many people also swear by a before 7 p.m. schedule for dinner.

Let’s assume that your lifestyle doesn’t provide the 1-hour window between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. You can adjust your schedule or find ways to pencil it into your daily calendar. A few ideas include:

  • Setting aside a specific time for eating an early dinner. You can set your alarm, if necessary, 15 minutes before your dinnertime for preparations.
  • Ordering your dinner an hour before your set dinnertime, if you can’t cook. You can then pop your meal into the office’s microwave for a hot meal.
  • Bringing along the ingredients of a quick dinner to the office, if needed. You can easily assemble a green salad or a vegetarian sandwich in 5 minutes. You may then eat it in the office during your break.

In the end, you have to exercise your willpower to find time for an early dinner. The results may not be immediate but you will find them beneficial in your life.

Food to Eat for Dinner

Eating an early dinner is just one part of the equation. You must also eat a light dinner to help your digestive system process the food more efficiently. A few suggestions for a light dinner are:

  • Salad greens: Eating salad greens as your starter dish provides your body with fiber, vitamins and minerals. You can also eat less because fiber contributes to a full feeling.
  • Lean protein: Add a serving of lean protein to your dinner, too. Beef, chicken and fish are great sources of muscle-building protein. Tofu and beans are great vegetarian choices, too.
  • Whole grains: Healthy sources of carbs are a must, too. Go for quinoa, brown rice, or whole-wheat bread.

You can also add a sweet treat. Just stick to moderate portions of fruits or dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Final Words

Eating an early dinner isn’t just about a busy lifestyle. It’s also about taking good care of your health by giving your body the nourishment it needs. It’s also about promoting better digestive health and better sleep quality.

You must find the time to eat an early dinner, ideally between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Your body will soon get used to the schedule and benefit from it.

But always be careful about your choice in dinner food. Keeping it light has its benefits, too. So choose salads, lean proteins, and whole grains in moderate portions.

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