Foolproof Guide to Healthy Snacking
One of the questions we get asked most often is “What should I have as a snack between meals?”
Even though the first association may be the packet of crisps in the cupboard, healthy snacks do exist and can be of great help if you are trying to lose weight. Generally, if you are on a weight loss programme, you are going to be eating less than you usually do. A well-timed, healthy snack between meals is going to make the whole process much easier.
Here is our guide on how to avoid unhealthy foods and switch over to healthier snack choices.
Get them out of the house / office / car
The first and most important step.
If you do not have chocolates, cookies, crisps etc. near you, you will not be eating them. After a hard day, with your willpower reserves depleted, it is very easy to just reach out for the first thing that comes to mind and that we are used to. The same goes for boredom or stress; many of us just reach out to eat when we are bored or stressed.
If that habit was to reach out for an apple or a pear, you probably would not be reading this.
Go through your cupboards, get all the junk food and unhealthy snacks out. Give them away to someone you know or donate them to someone in need. Do not restock.
If you find yourself wanting to reach out for unhealthy choices from time to time, be aware of portion control and amounts. It is perfectly fine to treat yourself to crisps from time to time. If and when you do, have a smaller, 30g or 50g bag instead of the larger ones. If you are going to eat chocolate, buy a 40g or 50g bar, rather than a 100g or 300g one.
That being said, trying to maintain portion control on a daily basis can be very challenging for most people, and you may find it much easier to just stop eating junk food instead of trying to control it. Sure, treat yourself from time to time, but make that the exception and not the rule.
Be aware of what you are eating
Be mindful of what you are eating and how much you are eating.
It is very easy to put a large bowl of chips, popcorn or cookies next to you when working or watching TV, and find it gone before you even realise what is happening. Avoid doing other things while you are eating, and instead concentrate on what you are eating, how you are feeling and if you have had enough. You will certainly cut down on portion size this way and find yourself losing weight faster.
What snacks can you eat?
Fresh fruit is a great choice. An apple, a pear, an orange or two – these are all healthy, tasty choices that will sate your hunger and get you the vitamins and nutrients you need. Importantly, they will not overload you with empty calories and interfere with your weight loss.
A handful of nuts, such as almonds, is a good choice too. Rice cakes can be filling and convenient. Anything along those lines, and in small quantities, is a great choice.
Dried fruit is a popular choice, but is quite rich in sugar and is easy to overeat. You will want to avoid it if you are on a weight loss programme.
For some more information about losing weight, take a look at our Herbalife for Weight Loss Page.
The great news is that when you eat well for your main meals, the need for snacks diminishes.Protein rich meals such as the Herbalife Formula 1 Shake keep your insulin levels low and prevent cravings. You can also take a look at some of our own healthy snacks.
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