If you are looking to lose weight, then it is a sensible idea to cut down the amount of food you eat. But experts point that you can lose 2 to 3 kilos or shed off excess weight provided you get your snacks schedule in order.
The logic is pretty simple. The more you are hungry chances of overeating increases. If the time interval between meals is on the higher side, then trouble is waiting in store. In the words of Sonya Angelone “it is impossible for people to withstand temptation when they are hungry”.
There is a major difference between junk food and snacking in on quality foods occurring in a well-planned manner. In the words of Julie Upton, R.D., cofounder of nutrition website Appetite for Health, you need to be pretty smart about snacking. Here are some snacks for weight loss in a proper manner.
Proteins take a longer time to digest in comparison to carbohydrates, so you are satisfied longer. A hard boiled egg will make you fuller for a longer duration and your blood sugar levels are stable.
The taste of sugar is awesome, but hardly any benefit is obtained. Any snacks where sugar content is high (candy, energy bars etc.) will not contribute to you weight loss goals. These snacks might cause your blood sugar to spike.
Obviously you would want to eat less, during times of snack when you are about to eat a meal. It is tough to figure out exactly how much to eat. It should be a combination of protein and fibre to keep you fuller.
Have quality snacks in between your meals. This can help you to avoid overeating and provide you with the necessary levels of energy. This is helpful if you have a late dinner and an early breakfast.
The longer you wait to feed yourself when you are hungry, chances are that you might end up consuming something crappy. Put aside the tempting stuff and kept it out of your reach so that you are not forced to munch them.
If you feel that ice cream is your weakness, then you can put it in your snack rotation as an occasional item. Just make it a point that you have a healthier version.
It may sound a little strange, that hungry pain gives a similar feeling when you are thirsty. This explains the phenomenon on why you are hungry when you wake up, actually you might be thirsty.