Principles of Eating Right-III

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Eat more when you are more active and less when you are less active

Always fine-tune your eating to your activity. But remember, principle 3 can not be followed without principle 2. Only when you eat all the time can you actually decrease meal size when less active and increase it when more active. The metabolic rate is higher in the morning than it is post sunset. It goes without saying that you eat more in the morning. We get fat only because we don’t give a damn about what the stomach needs, and load or unload it according to our convenience. If deprivation of food is punishment then overeating is a crime. Most of us get fat only because we eat at the wrong time and do not eat at the right time. If we don’t eat the food when the body needs it, all this create a huge calorie and nutrient deficit. Later when the metabolic processes are slowing down, your body and mind will demand a lot of food to make up for the deficit. Time of the day and activity affect the calorie burning. Each one of us has a pattern to our day that we must make a wholehearted attempt to understand, if we wish to stay fit and lean for life. Now, 9 am in the morning could be workout time for some, conference time, reporting time, school time, etc for others; 5.30 in the evening could be tuition time, meeting time, break or head back home time for some. Some of us are actually leaving for work at 10.30 pm and heading back home at 7 am. Once we understand the pattern of our day, we can plan what to eat and how much.

A lot of foods have a tarnished reputation only because they have been routinely eaten at the wrong times. The body can not absorb nutrients on an overloaded stomach (post meal) or when it is slowing down (post sunset). High activity could mean both physical and mental activity; any activity where you are very actively involved and that demand a lot of energy from you. Times of stress, traveling, and illness would also be high demand periods. Low activity means any time you are passive, or relatively inactive, not using your mental energies.

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