healthy snacking

This comes from an entirely new—but welcome—perspective.

 

Snacking is an essential part of your weight loss journey.

 

Huh? Yes!

 

When it comes to weight loss, we generally hear about dieting, not eating after six, watching what you eat, and the like. We very seldom hear people say we should eat more often if we want to lose weight, right?

 

But here’s the thing. A weight-loss plan that’s too restrictive when it comes to food will set you up for nothing but failure. Same thing goes for a skipped meal.

 

Both work against you.

 

Consuming too few calories (or eating too few meals) will actually lead to increased appetite and food cravings. I’m pretty sure you’ve tried this at least once. And I bet you wanted to eat more later—which made it that much harder to resist the temptation of food! 

 

Listen, when you eat too few calories or too few meals, your body works that much harder to prevent starvation and this will increase your appetite and destroy your metabolism. Your body will think it’s starving and go on emergency mode, which will force your system to cannibalize muscle and hang on to fat for survival!

 

 

So then, can you guess what will happen?

 

You’ll end up in the middle of a terrible yo-yo dieting cycle, lose muscle, and when you do eat the right amount of calories, your body will decide it needs to anticipate another drought and pile up the pounds.

 

A total weight loss nightmare.

 

So eat your way to fitness!

 

Follow an eating plan to make sure you consume balanced snacks and meals. Be consistent! This will control your appetite and energy level, curb your cravings, and manage your insulin and glucose levels. Eating regularly will fuel your sleeping metabolism and help you burn fat better.

 

Let’s count the ways:

 

1) Break your fast!

Start off your day with a high-protein breakfast, with some whole grains and fruits.

Eggs, berries, low-fat cottage cheese, fruit smoothies, oatmeal, and quinoa are just some easy selections you can enjoy.

 

2) Snack your way!

Time your snack well so you forestall that late-afternoon crash and save yourself from overeating during dinner. You can choose high-calorie (but still healthy!) snacks like dried fruit and nuts, consumed in reasonably small amounts.

 

3) Learn to portion!

Nurture your health by choosing bigger amounts of quality food that are low in calories, like fruits and vegetables, and smaller amounts of whole grains and protein-rich foods.

 

You’ll find it much easier to follow your healthy eating plans when you're not suffering from cravings and pangs of hunger.

 

Try exploring different kinds of healthy food that will give your body more nutrients—ergo, help propel weight loss. Feel free to experiment to find healthy food that works for your taste buds.

 

Just don't go for the Twinkie bar, no matter how tempting it is.

 

What are you waiting for? Eat your way to fitness. Have fun!

 

For more help with your health and nutrition, visit MAV Nutrition and find out what we can do for you!