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Definitely agree. I try to stick to three rules:
– chewing food until it’s almost liquid and eating slowly in general (that makes you feel full with less food – having too much food in the stomach is stress for the metabolism)
– not drinking during meals and half an hour before and after meals
– not eating raw food after 4 p.m. (apparently it ferments in the gut overnight which is supposed to be bad – however i don’t know much about this)
i’ve also heard that you should wait 4-5 hours between meals to allow your digestive system to digest as much as possible from your last meal. i’ve heard that, as soon as you eat again, your intestines will actually become lazy and your body will concentrate on the new food coming into the stomach. i’ve sticked to this during the last weeks, but i’m not sure if it’s true and of course this is the complete opposite from mccombs’ idea of eating snacks every hour to maintain the blood sugar level. i think my body has gotten used to it, only after four hours i get symptoms of low blood sugar.
many nutritionists also say you shouldn’t eat after 7 p.m. and go to bed with an empty stomach, a full stomach will affect the quality of your sleep and many people wake up at the so called “liver time” which is some four or five hours after you eat, because then the liver has to work and the liver can only work well if you’re awake. i have no scientific data about all this, but i have indeed observed that i wake up at night if i eat too late. still often don’t manage to stick to this though…