We are sure that everyone has heard the folk wisdom: "Breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen and dine like a pauper." But in the modern world not all but just a few respect this rule. Any bad consequences for health? Yes, especially in case of late and hearty dinners!
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Bad influence of late meals
Obesity is one of the main reasons for almost all known modern diseases. To lose weight many people limit or skip their meals during the day. But the difference between night and day fasting is huge – you will immediately feel hungry if you skip a day meal, but at night we do not even notice 8-10-hour hunger! The nature has created a flawless algorithm for our perfect health – to eat during daytime, and to sleep (and stay hungry) at night.
When we do the opposite, it is very bad for health (reduced memory and efficiency for the next day are immediate sequences). Skipping meals in the daytime is stressful for the body – the adrenal cortex synthesizes an excess amount of cortisol, which causes immunodepression, destroys bones, muscles, brain, and leads to obesity. It is dangerous to fast regularly during the day, but very beneficial for health to starve at night. Let’s dive a bit deeper in the subject.
Health advantages of skipping late meals
Skipping late meals and night hunger have healing powers. To a large extent it happens because the endocrine glands (located in the brain), the pituitary gland and the epiphysis secrete “youth hormones” – the hormone of growth and melatonin. So children grow up, and adults maintain their health in an optimal state.
During daytime fasting, proteins, especially muscle proteins and immune cells, are primarily destroyed. But skipping late dinner stimulates burning of fat cells. Thus, skipping late meals is a great and very simple way to lose weight (in this case take care of eating healthy and tasty breakfast and lunch!). Many people spend tons of money and efforts to lose weight. Meanwhile, this goal is easy to achieve if you just do not eat after 6-7 pm (or 4 hours before sleep).
According to physicians’ opinions, there are a few especially bad consequences of late meals:
First of all, late dinner has a very unfavorable effect on the endocrine system. We are designed in the way that at night all body systems have to maintain temperature, the work of heart, lungs and other internal organs; the energy for that purpose is taken from fat deposits.
Also, at night the endocrine gland of the pituitary gland produces the growth hormone, which ensures burning of fat deposits. What happens in case of a late dinner? The epiphysis produces lots of insulin, which tells the pituitary gland that food has been ingested. Therefore, at night, the pituitary gland will not produce much growth hormone; which can become a real problem, as growth hormone has many functions and when its insufficient, the whole body suffers (one of the possible consequences is adult growth hormone deficiency).
Late dinner stimulates excessive production of insulin at night, which is known as one of the main factors for almost all modern chronic diseases, so called “diseases of civilization” (dysbacteriosis, obesity, atherosclerosis and hypertension with outcomes in heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, osteoporosis, osteochondrosis and others).
Skipping dinner keeps you healthy
Already in 1-2 months of dosed night fasting, craving for evening overeating decreases significantly, mind brightens, memory improves, mood is up and energy is high, we sleep better and act more creatively.
Skipping late meals boosts both spirit and body, and you can enjoy your life despite age and season!