WHAT time do you eat your dinner each evening? As, according to one food expert, this could be having a huge impact on your sleep schedule.
Dr Mindy Pelz has revealed her advice for why you should always avoid a late night dinner, explaining the science behind it.
And the professional explained that if you aim to eat your dinner three hours before your head hits the pillow, you will reap the sleep and even weight loss.– including a better night’s
She said: “Let’s say you eat your dinner at 5pm, you’re going to get that insulin spike and then it’s going to start to come down.
“And then melatonin [a hormone that plays a big role in sleep] is building and building and building.
“You’re going to allow melatonin to shine to get you a good night’s sleep and recover from your insulin spike from dinner.”
Dr Pelz continued to her 132k followers: “What’s happening to those of you who are having a late dinner is that your melatonin is going up at the same time your insulin’s going up.
“So your body’s like, ‘wait – we’re going to bed. Why is insulin here?! We better store that somewhere.’
“And it’ll store it in fat, and that is not a great recipe for weight loss.”
Reiterating her point, the social media user said to make sure you don’t struggle to sleep, or store fat you have one important thing to remember.
The author of the book Fast Like A Girl repeated: “So the timing of your dinner matters.
“Making sure that insulin and melatonin are inversely showing up and not showing up at the same time.”
This comes after several other experts in the field have confirmed that, while hard to maintain, the best time for dinner is between 5-7pm.
“However, the later it gets the less food you should consume.”
Meanwhile, Catherine Canadeo – a board-certified holistic health practitioner, integrative nutritionist, and the president and CEO of Catherine Canadeo Health & Wellness – told prevention.com that she would also suggest an early tea.
She explained: “Researchers found that when eating earlier, they had better blood sugar regulation and improved fat metabolism, which is a factor in fat storage.
“Eating an early and light dinner helps to improve sleep, improves digestion, boosts metabolism, and reduces blood pressure.”
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