When you first decide to pursue a weight loss plan, you might believe snacking is off the table forever. Fortunately, that’s not true at all! In fact, healthy snacks can actually support your weight loss plan, by helping to keep your blood sugar levels more stable throughout the day. You will be less likely to experience energy drops, mood swings, and cravings for unhealthy foods.
But how can you healthfully snack? Keep these eight tips in mind.
Plan ahead. Plan your snacks when you plan your meals for the day. Pack them to take along to work or outings to run errands. You will be less tempted to pick up quick “junk food” if you have a satisfying snack on hand.
Don’t eat in front of a screen. Eat mindfully, paying attention to each bite, to avoid losing track of how much you’ve consumed.
Measure out your snack, then walk away from the container. Avoid eating out of boxes or bags. Pour the intended serving of your snack item into a bowl, and put the container back in the pantry.
Base your snacks around protein and fiber. Both nutrients help you to fill full, and stave off cravings until your next meal.
Remember your water. Each snack should be paired with a glass of water. You will meet your water intake quota for the day, and feel more satisfied between meals.
Keep the fruit bowl full. Fruit is the perfect “on the go” snack, and peeling a banana is just as easy as opening a bag of chips.
Consider texture. If you tend to crave ice cream, snack on cool, creamy yogurt instead. If you enjoy salty, crunchy snacks, look for healthy options like kale chips, popcorn, or fresh veggies.
Practice mindfulness. Before you snack, take note of your feelings. Are you hungry, or just bored, lonely, sad, or tired? Implement a more appropriate action to address other emotions, and only snack when you’re truly hungry.
As always, contact us if you have questions about an appropriate weight loss plan for your body type and goals. We can help you learn how to shed unwanted pounds and keep them off, by making long-term changes to your mindset and habits.