Recent studies have shown that eating an early dinner is helpful because eating late can result in weight gain and high blood sugar levels regardless of calories present in the meal because it might affect the individual’s blood glucose and the body’s ability to burn fat.
However, not all persons react in the same manner. As a matter of fact, those who are accustomed to eating an early dinner will gain more weight when they suddenly pick up the habit of eating late than those who have had it as their usual practice.
After a meal, our body needs time to metabolize and digest the food consumed (time duration differs for each food type), when we eat a late dinner, we automatically go to bed an hour or 30 minutes after thereby leaving little or no time for metabolism to occur.
It usually causes insomnia, constipation, vomiting and stomach upset that arises from cases of indigestion, gas, acid reflux etc.
The reverse is the case when we eat an early dinner. Eating dinner by let’s say 6pm will allow for proper digestion and metabolism of the food eaten because we stay a while longer before going to bed. Our body will actively work to break down the food into useful products.
As was earlier stated, eating late can result into increased blood sugar levels even when the food being consumed contains little calories. An increase in blood sugar level causes a host of serious health problems such as an increased risk of stroke and heart diseases, kidney disease and nerve complications.
We should therefore adjust our eating pattern if we want to burn fat and lower blood sugar level. Note that to avoid health complications, eating an early dinner is important. Eating a little dessert after the main meal is alright. To avoid overeating, we can incorporate fiber-rich sources of food into our diet.