Snacks are always a tough topic. It’s almost like the marmite – people either love snacking or hate it. Now, what if we tell you that snacking can actually a good thing, but it can also be the reason that sabotages your weight loss progress. Read on to see what tips we have for you.
The key to successful snacking is to know what to eat. Also understanding what common snacking mistakes could be in the way of you achieving your ideal shape. We carefully prepared this ‘mistake guide’ for you to understand a healthy and beneficial way to enjoy your favourite snacks.
Here are the most common mistakes you want to avoid.
1. SNACKING OUT OF BOREDOM
We often tend to snack when we work, study or watch a film, and before you know it the whole large bowl of popcorn is gone.
When you start to feel hungry or feel the need for a snack, first just try to reach out for a glass of water instead. Wait for around 20 minutes and if you’re still experiencing hunger, then reach out for your healthy snack.
2. LESS IS MORE
Nuts, seeds and dried fruit, although healthy and delicious, they are also very easy to overeat on. You better watch out! Over-snacking is another very common issue.
You want to apply the good old ‘all in moderation‘ rule, because even when it comes to healthy snacking you don’t want to overdo it. Instead, aim for appropriate portion sizes. Good examples are nuts and seeds, you don’t want to eat more than 28g (a handful) of these in one day (unless you follow a vegan diet and nuts/ seed are the only sources of fat intake – then go nuts).
Instead of eating right from the big packaging, prepare small snack bags or serve an appropriate amount of your snack in a bowl.
3. REGULARITY IS THE KEY
Having a light lunch and then starving yourself until dinner will either result in overeating in the evening or reaching out for a fast unhealthy snack. You want to make sure you don’t get to the point when your blood sugar gets too low so that you’d wanna eat anything and everything you lay your eyes on.
be prepared! If you know you’ll be in for a long day at work, prepare a healthy packed lunch and some snacks. You want to make sure your snacks are balanced in macros: fat, carbohydrates and protein. You can read more on this topic HERE.
A great snack would, for example, be: cucumber with canned tuna and a whole grain cracker, peanut butter rye toast with banana, or yogurt with fruit and nuts.
You’d be surprised how much can those three simple steps help you in achieving your weight loss goals. It really can be that simple if you put your mind to it. However, if you feel confused and need a little extra guidance in your weight loss journey, don’t be afraid to get in touch with us or claim your free consultation, by clicking HERE.