“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

We have heard many variations of this from our well-meaning mothers, friends, doctors and trainers; and it is something to think about as there is a nugget of wisdom in this adage.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It does not only jumpstart your body after a long period of rest, but also fuel you for the rest of the day. It is for this reason that many recommend that we eat heavy when eating our first meal for the day.

The opposite is recommended for the remaining meals for the day. We are encouraged to eat lighter meals for lunch and dinner. Since the energy we will get from these meals will mainly serve as a means to maintain energy for the rest of the activities we have for the day, it is ideal to eat a balanced meal of complex carbs with lean protein for these meals.

In consideration of the fact that you will be spending very little energy during the night, it is advisable to eat food that is light on your digestive system for dinner time. In addition, you are encouraged to refrain from sleeping for the next three to four hours to help the body in digesting the food consumed. Doing so will allow your body to focus on the more crucial processes such as cell regeneration and restoration when one goes to sleep.

One must always keep in mind that eating a balanced meal of complex carbs with lean protein is necessary in observing a healthy diet. Doing so will stabilize your blood sugar levels, enabling you to enjoy consistent energy, focus, and (active) metabolism, which helps in managing hunger pangs and maintaining body weight.

Feel lighter and wake up brighter just by following this simple guide!