Being on a healthy weight loss plan and working towards better eating choices does not have to mean cutting out snacks, entirely. There are many different snacks that you can choose rather than others that will not only help you to keep weight off, but may actually improve your overall health to enable you to lose weight faster. Statistics show that the big area where Americans are gaining weight comes in between meals- that’s right, snacking accounts for up to 26 percent of all your calories. However, if you are a chronic snacker, don’t fret. There are a number of great ways to turn a snacking habit into a healthy habit that actually helps your diet move forward in a better way. Healthy snacking is actually one of the most beneficial things you can do for a weight loss plan- staving off hunger with low calorie alternatives is key.
Machine Trick One of the biggest areas where people trip up on snack foods are in those convenient machines at the end of the hall. It’s always so easy to grab a quick bite out of the vending machine as opposed to anything else. However- there are two things. If you’re feeling particularly ambitions, just swear off the machine all together. If not- there are choices that you can grab out of there that aren’t going to hurt your diet nearly as bad. Sadly, we’re not talking about the “healthy choices” options you sometimes see. No. Instead, have a look at the ingredients list- snacks with 2 grams of saturated fat per serving or less and no trans fats are generally okay. These are usually whole grain crackers or pretzels and single serve nuts and seeds.
Alternatives If you are craving salty foods, some great alternatives for you to chips and other high calorie, high fat options are olives, hummus with carrot sticks, unshelled edamame, and pumpkin seeds in shell. If you are more the type that craves sweet things, you may want to try these options to donuts and candies- fruit crisps, half a banana rolled in a tablespoon of semisweet, frozen chocolate chips, half of a 1.08 ounce container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola- and you thought you had to be deprived. You don’t. It’s all about moderation and knowing what and when, and when it comes to snacking, just a little bit can go a long way to stave off those cravings when they are particular in this way.
Another way to cut the calories that many people don’t consider- rather than chugging soda or coffee drinks, skip that and instead go for water. Studies show that up to 21 percent of all the daily calories that most people intake come from the things they drink. So, cutting out the soda and specialty coffees may have a much greater impact than you may think.
If you are looking to lose 20 pounds or more and are in the Lake Mary, Florida area you need to check out Svelte?Medical Weight Loss Clinic. 7009 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 240. We have tons of reviews on Google and other third party review website from happy clients who have lost weight and kept it off.
Susie Bragg has been a Registered Nurse since 1989, and specialized in both pediatric critical care and home health nursing before she and her husband - Dr. Richard Bragg - started their own medical practice in 1998. Susie is a breast cancer survivor who developed a keen interest in nutrition as way to live healthier. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 395-4836.