How to Eat
Your body will appreciate it if you eat at least three hours before
bedtime. That way, you'll burn off a lot of the calories before you go to
sleep, when your metabolism slows down. Try these other minor suppertime
1. Beware the first and last ten minutes of the meal: bread, butter,
and dessert. Those are careless, empty calories. And try skipping dessert
altogether. There's no biological need for it, and much of the rest of the
world finishes a meal with salad or something small and savory, like a handful
of nuts or a bite of cheese.
2. As for what to eat, a great rule of thumb is to avoid white foods
(potatoes, pasta), load up on colored vegetables (carrots, greens, tomatoes),
and treat meat or fish as an embellishment rather than a main course.
3. Alcohol reduces inhibitions — that you probably already know — but
it also reduces your ability to register satiety. So skip the predinner
cocktail and enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or a nice after-dinner drink in
place of dessert. A little alcohol is good for you — and not just red wine.
Anything of good quality is beneficial.
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