There’s something endlessly satisfying about munching on little hand-held bites of heaven. The problem is, most of our favourite snacks aren’t little, nor are they heavenly. The snacks we tend to eat contain high-fat, high-sugar and the frequent grazing is directly linked to belly fat accumulation.
Snacking is when you consume food or beverages between your regular meals.
The term “snack foods” is often used to refer to processed, high-calorie foods like chips and cookies. However, “snacking” simply means to eat or drink something between meals, regardless of whether the food is healthy or not. Resisting the urge to reach for a burger, candy, or chips when you’re hit with a snack attack can make a big difference in your health — regardless of your age.
The good news is that you can make snacking frequently your healthy habit. Surprised? Take a look at your pets or children. You will find that snacking is the instinctual way to eat over the course of the day. If the foods you choose are appropriate, and if you are truly hungry, it can be a healthy habit.
A healthy snacking habit can help you manage your weight and balance your diet when it’s done right. It improves overall health, curbs cravings, fights weight gain, regulates mood, boosts brain power and gives you the energy you need to keep going all day.
We can snack smartly — and slim down. Here are some tips that will help you Eat It to Beat It! Snack-tastic!
Amount to eat: In general, it’s best to eat snacks that contain about 100 calories and at least 10 grams of protein to help you stay full until your next meal.
Frequency: The number of snacks you need will vary based on your activity level and how big your meals are. If you’re very active, you may prefer 2–3 snacks per day, while a more sedentary person may do best with one snack or no snacks.
Muscle up your munchies: Make sure your snack contains protein, which requires more energy to burn than carbs or fats and thus keeps you fuller longer.
Portability: Keep portable snacks with you when you’re out doing errands or traveling in case hunger strikes.
Snacks to avoid: Processed, high-sugar snacks may give you a brief jolt of energy, but you’ll probably feel hungrier an hour or two later.
Swap hands: Want to snack less without going snackless? Try the left-handed diet (or right-handed). Eating with your non-dominant hand makes you think about what you’re doing and may help you eat less.
Use smaller bowls: Grabbing handfuls from the bag is never a good idea, but munching from a punch bowl won’t do much for weight loss either.
Don’t be duped: Just because something is marketed as “low fat” doesn’t mean it’s good for you — or you should eat more of it. Read the ingredients on the label and learn to discriminate.
Boost your energy, drop pounds, and feel happier than ever with the right choice.
How do you want to show up to your food? Ask yourself next time you are reaching for something to mindlessly munch.
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