Munch-needed lunch

Reasons why skipping this vital meal is not the best way to curb weight gain

By Author  |  Published: 4th Dec 2018  5:11 pm

Paying attention to what and when you eat goes a long way and it is ideal to take small steps and make wise choices for a healthy life, say experts.

Chef Mohammed Eliyaz, Chef de Cuisine at JW Marriott, Bengaluru and Reshu Agarwal, consultant, Internal Medicines, Manipal Hospitals, Whitefield, share tips on how to stay healthy while at work.

Agarwal says, “If you start feeling fatigued, irritable and low on energy, even before half the day goes by, you need to have a re-look at what and when you are eating. Some of the numerous benefits of healthy eating habits are increased focus, energy levels and productivity, improved immunity and better digestion.”

Eliyaz says, “I have seen a lot of people who tend to skip their lunch; whether they are my own colleagues, college students rushing to classes, people who are on a diet, or employees with a deadline. However, this is a bad habit to develop.”

Don’t be a couch potato

Take the stairs whenever possible, and learn to incorporate some desk stretching exercises while at the workplace. Avoid skipping your breakfast and avoid long gap between meals while giving your body enough water to stay hydrated.

Source of energy

Having lunch raises your blood sugar level in the middle of the day, making you to be able to focus for the rest of the afternoon. And it has been proven that people who don’t eat lunch tend to gain more weight because they overeat during dinner to compensate.

Binding agent

Lunch is a social activity, as food and drinks are known to be universal conversation starters. A source of vitamins and nutrients for the day, mental and physical development can take a hit if one skips lunch. Your body has evolved for survival, and if you go too long without eating, your hunger might be a distraction at work.