Weight Loss Tips: Avoid These 5 Mistakes After Eating Main Meals To Prevent Indigestion And Weight Gain
Weight loss: Did you know that smoking one cigarette after a meal is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes? Read here to know other mistakes you need to avoid after eating your main meals.
Weight loss: Avoid eating fruits right after your main meal
- Avoid overeating in order to prevent bloating and weight gain
- Chew your food properly to prevent indigestion
- Do not go to bed immediately after eating a meal
Diet tips for weight loss: If you are trying to lose weight, or even get on the path towards fitness and good health, then you must pay attention to your eating patterns (along with your diet and fitness routine). Some habits like overeating, eating too quickly, not chewing your food properly and going to the bed immediately after eating can bad for your health, weight and digestive system. So if you are eating right and still experiencing trouble with digestion, feeling acidic, constipated and bloated, then it has something to do with your eating pattern.
Talking about five mistakes you need to avoid making after eating meals is nutritionist Nmami Agarwal on Instagram.
Weight loss tips: 5 mistakes you need to avoid after eating meals
1. Going to bed immediately after eating
Sleeping or taking a nap right after eating can cause discomfort and make you feel gassy. It can also cause difficulty in sleeping and disrupt your sleep cycle. It is important to keep a gap of at least two hours between your dinner and bed time.
2. Avoid smoking cigarettes
Smoking is something that you should give up on entirely. But, smoking immediately your meals is even more harmful. "Studies have shown that the damage caused by smoking just one cigarette after a meal is equal to smoking 10 cigarettes at once," says Nmami in her IGTV. So, not only must you try to not smoke after eating your meals, you must also make an effort towards quitting it entirely.
3. Do not consume fruits right after a main meal
According to Nmami, it is healthy to consume fruits in between meals, in a gap of at least one hour. A fruit that is eaten right after a meal will not be digested properly. This means that the nutrients in fruits will not be absorbed or assimilated in the body. Thus, eating fruit after a meal will not be beneficial for your health. Nutritionist Pooja Malhotra feels that the best time to eat fruits is first thing in the morning.
4. Avoid drinking tea and coffee
Tea and coffee contains tannins and caffeine. Drinking tea and coffee right after your meals can prevent your body from absorbing nutrients from food. This is especially true for iron absorption. Drinking tea and coffee right after your meals may be the reason why you have nutritional deficiencies, says Nmami in the video.
5. Do not exercise right after eating a heavy meal
There are many downsides to exercising right after having a heavy meal. It can affect the quality of your workout and may make you feel nauseous. The body requires time to digest food. Exercising right after your meal, or exercising after an hour or less after a heavy meal can lead to vomiting and puffiness in stomach, Nmami explains.
Other mistakes you need to avoid
- Make sure you chew your food properly. Not chewing your food properly will result in lack of sufficient digestive enzymes needed for proper digestion of food. This in turn will cause acidity, constipation, gassiness and bloating.
- Do not overeat. Know when to stop. Overeating is the top cause of weight gain, fatigue and lethargy.
- Nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar recommends that you should eat your food without any distractions. Do not have mobile phone, TV, laptop, newspaper or a book with you when eating. While having a meal, your complete focus should be on the meal. This will help you be in sync with your satiety signals and prevent overeating.
In order to know how much you should eat, you can use Diwekar's mental meal map. It involves the following steps:
- STEP 1: Visualise how much you would like to eat
- STEP 2: Serve half the portion of the amount that you have visualised to eat in STEP 1.
- STEP 3: Take double the time to eat the meal you served in STEP 2.
- STEP 4: In case still hungry, start again from STEP 1.
(Rujuta Diwekar is a nutritionist based in Mumbai)
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