As Carnival 2013 is fast approaching, most masquerades are shuffling through bodies to get to exercise machines or going into exercise classes like zumba, trying to burn calories, in order to fit into costumes, measured before the Christmas.
One of the secrets which helps with Weight Management is NOT to “balance” healthy foods eaten during the day with junk foods like pizza, snacks or ice cream at night when you get home.
One solution to controlling one’s appetite after dark is to eat more often during the day. Many people don’t plan their meals – they may dash out the house in the morning with little more than a cup of coffee – for which I am guilt, and then try to power through the day without taking time to eat properly. It’s no wonder that by the time I get home at night, I’m literally starving and I will eat until I satisfy my hunger and in some cases, overeat.
I have since learnt that one of the best defenses against night-time nibbling is eating correctly. Breakfast and lunch meals should provide plenty of protein to keep my mind sharp and hunger satisfied. Some healthy carbs like fruits, veggies and whole grains are great for maintaining blood sugar. A protein shake is a great way to start the day or end the night – or an egg white omelet with fruit; plain nonfat yogurt with fruit; or a quick bowl of oatmeal with some protein powder stirred in.
By putting more nutritional emphasis on your daytime meals and snacks, it’s likely you won’t be nearly as hungry at night, so your dinner meal can be lighter and smaller – but we all know this – how many of us practice it?
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Article published in the Sunday Guardian – January 13, 2013