Remember that good eating and post-meal habits need practice and time to establish a routine. Be patient and focus on making incremental, long-term modifications that align with your goals and needs, says Fitness Buffhq.
You should eat as much food as needed to fill up 50 to 60 percent of your stomach to remain functional after that. Smaller meals are easy to digest, and you feel more comfortable walking after a smaller meal than a heavy, large one. Eating balanced meals, which include vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, legumes, whole grains, and healthy fats, can help you feel full and maintain your blood sugar levels stable. Consistency and establishing a daily plan for regularly eating meals and snacks can prevent subsequent excessive hunger and overeating.
7 things to do after eating a large meal
Whereas this is the right way to have meals, some common mistakes you make after eating can affect your metabolism. Here are the dos and dont’s:
Begin by applying a couple of the following good habits after eating food at a time and then modify them in line with your lifestyle.
While staying hydrated all through a day is necessary, don’t drink too much fluid during meals as it dilutes the vital digestive juices. Also, avoid drinking cold water immediately after finishing your last morsel; it can turn your meal into poison as it interferes with the proper functioning of digestive secretions. As a result, it takes a long time to digest the food, and toxins multiply by leaps and bounds. It is best not to have water – whether regular, cold, or hot water, for at least 1-2 hours after meals because that is harmful. The same applies to tea and coffee. Their immediate intake can interfere with digestion.
The other huge mistake is having a large dessert after a meal, which makes digestion extremely complex. At times, it can make you very uncomfortable.
Avoid having late-night meals or snacks. Eat at least two hours, preferably three hours, before you go to bed. Late-night meals or snacking can cause indigestion, sleep disruption, and weight gain. It is good to eat a light supper a few hours before going to bed.
Immediately lying down after eating can interrupt digestion. You must remain upright or engage in light activity for at least thirty minutes after your meal.
As for post-dinner walks, wait at least thirty minutes to an hour before performing any physical activity. That helps boost the digestive processes and prevent acid reflux. So wait before you go for a stroll. Pay attention to your body. If you feel uncomfortable or heavy after eating, waiting until you feel better before going for a walk is best. If you intend to take a leisurely stroll, you may begin sooner than if you want to exercise more rigorously. High-intensity physical activities right after eating can lead to digestive issues and unusual aches and pains.
Avoid high-octane arguments or taxing mental activity after a meal as it disrupts the function of digestive juices.
Post-meal baths are also detrimental to digestion, so keep a two-hour gap between a meal and a bath.
About Author: Renu Bakshi, AKA Fitness Buffhq, is an ISSA Certified Elite Trainer. He passed the Personal Fitness Trainer Course, Nutrition Health Coach course & Specialist Exercise Therapy course from ISSA, USA, obtaining + 97% marks. He shares his experience and knowledge about nutrition and effective workouts to get you in the best shape of your life, no matter how old you may be. The author says, “Age is just a number!”
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