Successful Snacking: A Key Component In Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals
If you’re sacrificing snacks to cut calories, you’ve got it all wrong. In order to lose weight, you need snacks. Snacking is an opportunity to fuel your body in between meals and helps to ensure you won’t be ravenous at mealtime. It also keeps your fat-burning metabolism revved up.
Recent studies conducted by Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in July 2015, tracked the snacking habits and foods of more than 200 people (average age 42). After two-and-a-half years, researchers observed that people who snacked on healthy foods, on average, had a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who snacked on junk food or didn’t snack at all.
The moral of this story…If you want to be successful in achieving your weight loss goals, it’s important to not only include snacks into your daily intake but namely ‘smart snacks’. Remember, eating few and far between can also have the opposite effect and cause you to gain weight since your metabolism can become sluggish.
Over the course of a day, I typically have 2-3 snacks in between meals. Sometimes more, if I’ve had a particularly grueling training session.
Here is a list of snacks to both fuel your body and support you on your weight loss journey:
- Hemp Bread with Avocado Slices
- Hummus and Carrots or Celery
- 1 Cup of Mixed Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)
- Greens Smoothie
- Kale Chips
- Coconut Yogurt with wheat free granola
- Raw Trail Mix
- Raw Nuts (handful)
- Raw Seeds (handful)
- Beet Chips
- Peanut Butter & Celery
- Nori Sheets (seaweed)
- Raw Coconut