Eating huge meals late in the evening and before going to bed is definitely not recommended. Digestion slows down at night and has an impact on your metabolism and quality of sleep. After all, the body takes a rest at night. The body switches to “standby mode”, i.e., whilst all vital functions are maintained, and the blood sugar is kept at a constant level, it’s not the time to put your body to the task of digesting food especially in epic portions! It’s not just the timing of your meal that is important, but also the quality of the food you eat. Calories don’t care what time it is! So, what should you stick to when you want to lose weight? Although everyone’s body is unique and some things may not work for everyone, we recommend that your evening meal be lighter yet nourishing, rather than heavy and super filling. Tips for meals after 6pm:
✔ Avoid foods containing simple sugars such as sweets, chocolate, etc. These will stimulate your appetite.
✔ Focus on protein-rich foods such as fish, dairy products, eggs and nuts.
✔ Don’t eat too much raw food in the evening – steamed vegetables are easier to digest.
✔ Your last meal should preferably be at least 3 hours before bedtime.
✔ Always drink enough water.