9 Amazing Advantages Of Early Dinner You Should Know
“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.”
A famous quote known to most of us
But, most of us follow this quote in reverse, i.e., we breakfast like a pauper, lunch like a prince, and dine like a king. Nowadays, everyone is busy in their life, and don’t have time to pay attention to health. Because of this, people are suffering from several diseases. However, irregular timing of food consumption results in some severe health issues, especially for those who take their dinner late at night. Fortunately, if we slightly change our dinner time, we can get magical changes in our health. Advantages of early dinner are undoubtedly going to surprise you.
Let’s touch upon one aspect of yogic lifestyle; having your dinner within half an hour of the sunset! At our yoga teacher training program, we try to incorporate yogic habits; there are individual sections of society in India who have their dinner within half an hour of sunset. Knowingly or unknowingly, they are doing an excellent service to themselves. Humans are not nocturnal creatures (a separate discussion required for that topic ). They should ideally wake up within half an hour of sunrise and start preparing for sleep after sunset. Let’s assume the dinner is taken between 7 pm-7.30 pm, and we go to bed by 10 pm.
Early Dinner Is Secret to Healthier Lifestyle
Let’s explore the advantages of early dinner.
1. Better Sleep Quality
Sleep quality will be much better. Since there is a gap of 2-2.5 hours between our last meal and our sleep, the primary digestion has already taken place, and the digestive system won’t be working overtime during sleep. Hence, the digestive system gets much-required rest. Moreover, this practice also reduces oversleeping. The bodily systems work less, get the required rest, and thus need less time to recuperate and work more efficiently.
2. Weight Loss
This practice helps reduce weight loss and triggers the metabolism. There have been several studies that have proven the above-stated fact. This practice automatically leads to Intermittent Fasting. During the state of fasting, the body fulfills its energy demands from the stored body fat instead of the glucose in the fed state. Therefore, metabolism is triggered, which leads to better weight management. It is also found to be especially beneficial for diabetic patients. Intermittent Fasting has been proven to provide a host of benefits including a better immune system and cellular regeneration & repair.
3. Relief from Constipation
If you are suffering from constipation, this practice should improve your chances for a better dump significantly. A properly rested digestive system leads to a much with healthier excretory system. This practice would also help people fighting with flatulence.
4. Feel Energetic
You feel lighter and more energetic in the morning. There is less trouble waking up. You wake up early and utilize the most productive time of the day. Your workout session or your yoga practice; all activities will be more fruitful and productive. Additionally, you become more flexible, too.
5. Better Appetite.
You will not be skipping the most important meal of the day, i.e., breakfast for sure. Moreover, your overall appetite becomes more balanced. As stated earlier, the age-old proverb says breakfast like a king, have lunch like a commoner and dine like a pauper. This advice is excellent one for healthy dietary habits.
6. Relief from acid reflux
When we eat just before bedtime, it can trigger acid reflux, i.e., burning sensation near the chest region. Research proves that people who take their dinner 3 hours before sleep have the least possibility with this problem.
7. Minimize the risk of heart attack
Out of all the advantages of early dinner, this is a crucial one. In general, when we sleep, our blood pressure is decreased by nearly 10%, which allows our body to rest. In the morning, before we wake up, it begins to increase. This pattern repeats daily. When we take dinner just before bedtime, this pattern gets disturbed and impacts your blood pressure. As blood pressure remains at a high level, there are more chances of a heart attack. Taking dinner early (3 hours before bed) decreases the risk of heart attack significantly.
8. Lower the Risk of Diabetes
Having early dinner can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. This diabetes can occur when our body cannot use insulin properly. When we eat 2-3 hours before sleep, our body utilizes insulin properly, by converting our food to glucose. Hence, by maintaining proper insulin level, the risk of diabetes decreases.
9. Decrease the Risk of Cancer
People who take their dinner just before bedtime had 15% more chance of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. That means you can reduce the risk of cancer by 15% by just eating dinner earlier.
Regardless of the vast health benefits of the above practice, it might not be practical for a lot of people because of work-related issues, etc. Hence, they should at least try to avoid carbohydrates after sunset; this, too, would be highly beneficial. Excess of carbs in the diet leads to a host of problems, including early aging and wrinkles. Consequently, alternatives to carbs at dinner are seasonal vegetables and fruits, soups, lentils, buttermilk, etc. While it takes a little bit of doing in the initial days, this practice is worth it. However, most of us do not eat when hungry, but when we think we are hungry.
There has been a lot of research on this subject in a lot of western and eastern countries. Most results show this practice in a very favorable light. It seems like yogis of the yore knew about the benefits and hence propagated this practice. At our Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training India at Arohan Yoga School, we encourage you to incorporate this yogic practice. Moreover, it also constitutes a part of the preparation for other detoxification techniques like Laghu Shankhaprakshalana or intestinal wash. For more information, log onto www.arohanyoga.com.