We are forced to eat in order to replenish the reserves of energy and material that is involved in the construction of cells and tissues in our body. Foods consumed contain carbohydrates that are easily absorbed, increasing glucose levels. In the case of an active lifestyle after eating, the resulting glucose is completely absorbed by our muscles, and it does not remain for the “extra” kilograms. But not everyone can follow a normal diet and are interrupted by snacks or a heavy late dinner before bed.
Nutritionists do not recommend having supper just before bedtime, since the glucose obtained with food has time to be processed by the muscles, because after eating we immediately go to bed. Unprocessed glucose, entering the liver, turns into fat, which is deposited throughout the body in the form of excess weight. At first, this can lead to obesity of your internal organs, and then to diabetes mellitus, hypertension, atherosclerosis.
During sleep and rest, not only our brain and organs rest, late supper also “sleeps” in the duodenum. Despite the sleep of some organs, the pancreas has to work actively, producing enzymes necessary to break down consumed proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and the bile secretes bile, which digests food.
However, due to stagnation of the duodenum, bile cannot get further along the gastrointestinal tract and stagnates in the bile, turning into a thick mass, and then into stones. In addition, putrefactive fermentation processes of undigested food take place in the intestines, which cause allergies and intoxication. Decay products as a result of putrefaction enter the bloodstream, causing poisoning throughout the body.
To avoid harmful processes, experts recommend :
- have dinner no later than 2-3 hours before going to bed;
- after eating, you need to devote some time to small physical activity, for example, take a walk before bed;
- late dinner should not include foods high in carbohydrates – rice, baked goods, potatoes. They need to be replaced with cabbage, carrots, or buckwheat porridge.
- The diet should have a distributed load by calories: breakfast – 25% of the total daily allowance, lunch – 30-40%, dinner – 15-20%.