By Smita Dey
Dear friends, my today’s topic is the importance of dinner. I already gave you some basic important information about dinner like what is dinner, difference between two words- dinner and diner and best time to eat dinner in my previous contents. And today, I am going to focus on importance of dinner.
How many of us really know the importance of dinner? We all have our dinner as a part of our daily routine. And most of us take our meals in various times to fulfill our empty stomach without knowing the importance of the meals. As I mainly focusing on dinner among the other meals of the day, my today’s discussion will be on the importance of dinner.
Dinner plays a vital role in our daily life. As we are busy with our work schedules, sometimes it becomes difficult for us to get enough time for dinner. In that case, we, who are trying to lose our weight, think that it is better to skip our dinner. Do you know, this concept is completely against our healthy life?
Proper food is the basis of health and health is the foundation for a properly functioning metabolism and healthy weight loss. A healthy breakfast is an important start to the day and key to maintain weight loss. Equally important are lunch and dinner, which keep the metabolism up and keep us from becoming famished.
Our body is consistently working, even thoughat night when we are sleeping. Our heart is pumping for 24 hours. Breathing through lungs is a continuous process. All these functions remains for 24 hours. So it is essential to fuel our body even at night to make sure that the organs are capable enough to perform their works.
Dinner is not only important to make our organs active it is also important for our family and personal life. Here are the few examples of the importance of dinner in our life.
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Dinner improves the way our body functions. A healthy and wholesome dinner can promote better metabolic functions which in turn promotes greater success in our weight loss efforts. Good dinner has the power to balance the endocrine system and blood sugar levels.
Waking up during the night is caused by the fall of your blood sugar level. This results as the body have to release amounts of glucose that has been stored, which can often make it difficult to get back to sleep. In order to ensure that this does not happen, it’s important to have dinner that combines protein and carbohydrate.
During sleeping our body don’t get required fuels for the next few hours. So it is better to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients from our dinner. We should keep in our mind that the food that we take at dinner, fuels our body till our breakfast time. One point should be considered that we actually burn more calories while we sleep rather than sitting and watching TV. So it is not true that you will gain weight if you have your dinner.
A recent study has found that eating carbs at night may actually help you control your appetite throughout the day. The ability to control hunger is a key strategy of weight loss. 
A 2012 Study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that protein consumed immediately before going to bed helps muscles growth, repair and maintenance during overnight recovery after working out.
In our busy life,dinner time is the only time when we can sit together with our family. It is the time when we can share what is happening in our life with the other members of our family. It is alsovery importanttime for our children as they can share their thoughts, views and activities like how they spend their time in school with their classmates and with their teachers. They can express their liking and disliking at dinner time andgradually they start to feel they are the part of the family.
Dinner helps kids to be habituated with a daily routine. They will manage time for dinner when they will come home at the end of the day and will enjoy their dinner time with their own.
In the dinner time, we can teach our children their responsibilities, mannerism, etiquette and encourage them to do their chores. We don’t need to give more effort for this. As kids like to imitate what they see, they will start to follow the practice unknowingly.So we get an opportunity to teach them to be self-dependent. We can call them to help us like to set the table, clean the table, serve the food etc. These efforts will not help them only to be self-dependent they will start to feel they are contributing to the family.
At the end of a long day, sitting down calmly at the table is the best part of one’s life. There is something pretty special about being surrounded by the one’s you love while sharing a meal.
According to the market research firm NPD Group, most Americans eat less than half of the government-recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables every day. Many Americans have difficulty meeting their nutrient requirements in three full meals a day, so taking dinner out of the equation could make it even more challenging.
According to Columbia University, skipping any meal on a consistent basis can negatively affect our metabolism and hunger control mechanisms. When go for more than hours without having anything, our blood sugar level drops and our body becomes unable to supply glucose to our brain. It may cause of impaired concentration, fatigue, dizziness and irritability.
There is a large gap between your last meal and your first meal of the next day if you are going to skip your dinner. This gap can cause of starving, acidity, nausea and disturbance of sleeping. When your stomach is not full you may search for junk food at night that is not good for you at all.
When we are awake, our body works at BMR (basal metabolic rate) but when we sleep, it slows down to RMR (resting metabolic rate). The longer we are awake, the more our body will be able to burn versus burning lesser at rest. 
So, if we take our dinner before 2/3 hours of our bed time we can be able to burn the excess fat in our body.That is why skipping dinner is not the solution to live a healthy life.
Now it is the time to take decision what you need to do. Skip dinner or have a healthy early dinner? I am sure that my friends who are going through this content will have a rethink before skipping their dinner. You just need to keep in your mind that having dinner does not mean you need to have lavish dinner. Please keep in your mind that “we eat to live not live to eat”. Then, it will be easier for you to choose a healthy menu for your dinner time leaving behind the thought of skipping dinner.
By Smita Dey Post : Aug 07, 2018
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