The best time to eat these healthy foods for maximum weight loss


The best time to eat these healthy foods for maximum weight loss

When timing really is everything

By Simone Dhondy  December 4th, 2017

If you, like us (and Anushka Sharma), have a habit of diving into your fridge for dinner number two, you may want to consider what you put in your mouth. Yes, your body reacts to certain foods differently depending on the time of day. Which mean your decision to eat a bowl of lettuce-filled salad could actually just be messing with your digestive system.

So while some foods aim to boost your metabolism, others might be around just to keep the digestion peaceful. Some foods help build while others help break. Make no mistake — all are important and necessary to build a complete diet plan, but simply by consuming the right food at the right time, you can get the most out of your nutrition. Talk about boosting #gains.

The right way to eat healthy food right:

Fruits

Eating fruits for weight loss (yes, bananas too) isn't revolutionary, but knowing the right time to eat them will help you get the most out of your fruits. Try eating a whole fruit in the morning after you drink a glass of water or as a mid-morning snack. Mornings are when your body tends to be low on carbohydrates and sugars, since it's gone through a 10-12 hour starvation period causing your glycogen levels to be low. That means your body is no longer using carbs for energy but the catabolic state is causing it to go after the muscle or protein. A fruit in the morning will help get things back on track. Fruits have the required carbohydrates, sugar and fibre to provide the pick-me-up you need. 

Nuts

While nuts are high in fat, their nutritional benefits far outweigh their fat content if eaten in moderation. A fistful of nuts as an afternoon snack not only staves of hunger, but they also cut sugar cravings. They provide the nourishment required to replenish your muscles, so it's great to eat them after a workout. Try avoiding them before in the evening, as nuts can keep your metabolism working overtime which makes it hard to fall asleep.

Raw vegetables

A salad for lunch may not be the worst idea. Lunch is the time of day when your body's sugar level stabilize but this also sets the foundation for your meals for the rest of the day. A lunch high in raw fibre will help keep you energised and full while you go about your day. Vegetables like lettuce and tomato fill you up and are extremely low in calories. So why can't you eat them for dinner? Raw foods require a lot of energy to digest and this could cause irritation or indigestion while you sleep.

Yoghurt

Stop eating yoghurt with your meals. And if you're eating it as a dessert, the correct way is 1-2 hours after you're done with food. Yoghurt is best eaten independently on an empty stomach. Empty stomachs have a high level of acidity which the lactic acid in yoghurt helps to balance. Eating yoghurt a few hours after dinner before bed has proved to help keep protein levels  in the body stable during rest hours, leading to leaner muscle growth.

Lean meats

Lean meat should be the hero of your dinner. Your main aim for dinner is to convert muscles from a catabolic state to an anabolic state. You want to build, not break, and protein is what's going to assist your body in doing that. Slow-acting protein will release into your body over the course of the night, helping your body stay in an anabolic state longer.