It’s a long known fact that the human organism functions in a different manner during the night than it does during the day. To be more precise, most of the bodily functions get decelerated during the night. That means that the amount of energy necessary for maintaining these functions decreases as well.
On top of that, decelerated functions during the night also mean that the body is not even capable of processing and using the same amount of energy it can use and process with little effort during the day.
Does the body even need food during night?
The answer is affirmative. Our bodies do need food during night. You should especially keep that in mind if you care about keeping your body as healthy as possible. If you start skipping dinner, your body will start using the reserves you already have and make itself gradually weaker, despite needing a lot less energy to properly function during the night.
Weakening of the body will in that case not necessarily manifest through weight loss exclusively, which may be your cause, but through weakening of the organism as a whole. Because of that, you will get up feeling weak and you will feel tired throughout the day. If you start skipping dinner regularly, you will risk weakening your immune system as well, which will make you susceptible to innumerable health complications.
That’s why you should take care in providing your body with sustenance, which is needed even while sleeping or resting.
What’s important about dinner?
It’s important to make sure that the amount of food you eat during dinner is sufficient and moderate at the same time. Don’t keep yourself hungry, but don’t gorge yourself either. Insufficient and excessive amount of food have almost equally negative influence on the organism.
If you remain hungry, your body will act according to the above described patterns – it will become weaker. If you gorge yourself, your body will be overburdened and unable to process and use all of that food overnight. That’s why you will feel bloated and tired in the morning as much as during the evening and you might not even be able to sleep because of it.
That’s why you should choose food which quickly sates you, is easy to digest and is not prone to overburdening the body.
What’s the best food to have for dinner?
For dinner, you should exclusively eat food with low caloric value, food which does not contain a lot of fats and sugars and food which is not too spicy. Front row of food you have for dinner should be comprised of fresh and boiled vegetables. Vegetables contain high concentrations of a variety of vitamins and minerals and represent an ideal source of nourishment for the night. Another great option for dinner are grains and products based on grains, such as wholemeal bread, cereals, buckwheat and corn products and so on.
If you count yourself among those people who can’t give up wheat bread even when it comes to dinner, you can still have it, but it’s advisable to toast it and not have too much of it. Milk and low-fat dairy products are another option. Meats are also acceptable, as long as they do not contain too much fat. Chicken would be best. Fish is also great. Other types of meat should be avoided or at the very least eaten in low amounts and without bread.
What you should never have for dinner?
You should in no case have high-fat dairy products, wheat bread and flour based products, especially not when they are warm and not in high quantities. You should not eat fast food – pizza, french-fries, burgers and such.
It’s also important to avoid snacks, sweats, spicy food and red meat. Don’t drink alcoholic drinks as they also contain plenty of calories. You should also exercise caution even when it comes to fruits. Despite not having high caloric values, they still contain a lot of sugars. Sugars are particularly hard to process, especially if it’s late in the evening.