Whether you’re pursuing a weight loss plan, just maintaining your weight, or working hard to live a healthier lifestyle, you might think that snacks are off limits. Yes, it’s true that you should lay off the vending machine fare and the break room donuts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have snacks. In fact, snacking is actually quite important for several good reasons!
First, eating regular snacks staves off serious hunger, so you’re less likely to become ravenous and give into temptation. Snacking helps to keep your blood sugar levels even and your stomach feeling full, so you don’t over-indulge in calories or the “wrong” foods at your next meal.
Second, snacks give you the energy to get through the day while fulfilling all of your obligations. If you’re pursuing a low-calorie weight loss plan, feeling tired or cranky can often be an unintended side effect. The right snacks can counteract that effect, so that you aren’t tempted to skip workouts or crash on the couch after work.
So, what are those “right” snacks?
You already know that typical “snack foods” are the wrong way to go. If it’s fried, full of sugar, made from white flour, or sold wrapped in a package, it’s probably not healthy or supportive of your weight loss plan. Instead, look for foods that are high in protein and/or fiber, but low in overall calories. A snack should consist of about 200 calories, and ideally won’t be something processed and packaged.
Examples of good snacks include fresh fruit, pre-cut veggies (and a tablespoon or two of dip), whole wheat toast with avocado, an ounce or two of cheese, a serving of yogurt, a quarter-cup of nuts, or one boiled egg. Foods like these contain valuable nutrients, give you the energy you need, and fit nicely into a weight loss plan without throwing off your total caloric intake.
Now, as for that weight loss plan… How is yours working out? If you have questions about weight loss or maintenance, or appropriate nutrition, please give us a call. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your goals, and help you lose weight safely and effectively.