From breakfast to lunch to dinner, all are essential meals of the day. Eating the right amount of calorie count in each meal can help you achieve your body requirements.
The famous saying, ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,’ stands right while managing your diet plan for the day. There have been many types of research to decide the right time for heavy meals; some say, breakfast should be a heavy meal. Since it is the first meal of the day, it should be able to keep you going throughout the day. For some, it should be during the day that you consume most of the food for the reason that there is enough time to digest the food. In many cases, it is also recommended to take small six meals rather than three large meals a day. The debate is still on to decide the best time for the largest meal of the day.
As per recent studies, the best time to enjoy your heaviest meal is during the day, and dinner should be as light as salads, porridge, soups, and alike. It is not only great for weight loss but overall health. With the changing lifestyles, most of us are pretty busy attending meetings in the office or involved in any other work during the daytime, and evenings or night is the time to relax and feed our bellies well. At the same time, binging on our favorite food during dinner, we forget its impact on our body and often end up taking large meals.
Why your biggest meal should be during the day?
As per Ayurveda, the science of life that originated in India 5,000 years ago, one should consume the most calorie-rich food during lunchtime and prefer eating light in the late hours of the day. The science of Ayurveda revolves around digestion. A strong digestive system can maintain a healthy body. Ayurveda says that during the daytime, the digestive fire, agni is at its maximum. The digestive fire is directly proportional to the movement of the sun, since the heat of the sun is highest during the day from noon to 2 p.m., so is the digestive heat in our body. As the sun goes down, the heat also decreases, thus it is recommended to reduce the food intake later in the day.
How to plan the lunch
The average calorie intake by a healthy body should be 1500 calories per day. While experts recommend consuming the most calories during the lunchtime, almost half (750 calories) of the total count. And the calories during dinner should not beyond 300 calories. Therefore, eat your complex carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc. during the lunch hour.
Before you adopt any change in your eating habits, it is always recommended to start under the guidance of your nutritionist or dietician.
By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali