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- Skipping meals can create hunger pains and lead to low blood sugar and irritability, as well as overeating at night.
- Lunch is best eaten between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.
- Distracted eaters tend to eat more and faster, feeling unsatisfied and still hungry.
If you want to lose weight, you may want to rethink skipping lunch.
Nutritionist Lisa Young said that skipping meals creates hunger pangs – a gnawing, painful feeling in your stomach, especially on one's upper left side at some point in the abdomen.
In addition to the pain of emptiness, one could experience low blood sugar and irritability, Lisa Drayer, award-winning nutritionist and health reporter, wrote on CNN.
And skipping your lunch is an almost guaranteed way of adding more weight when one eats during the evening.
This adds more to one's waistline and causes sleeping problems as well.
"I often find that patients who struggle with excess, uncontrollable night eating find it much easier to manage when they are heading into the dinner meal feeling quite satiated and not particularly starving, because they've had a great breakfast and a very filling, balanced lunch," registered dietitian nutritionist Tamara Duker Freuman said.
Preferably eaten between the hours of noon and 3 p.m., a well prepared lunch, hopefully one that is combinations of vegetables, healthy proteins and fiber-rich carbs, could prevent one from having sugar cravings, and in one study on the timing of food intake, among the 420 people considered to be obese, those who ate lunch before 3 p.m. lost more weight than those who ate lunch later during a five-month period.The test also had them eating the same number of calories and comparable amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates.
It is also better to eat lunch unplugged as those who are distracted from eating tend to eat faster and complain about not feeling full than those who are fully focused.
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