Don't Be Fooled by Low-Fat Snack Packs
Low fat snack packs with 100 calories or less may seem to be ideal for a person who is trying to lose weight. However, these snacks can in some cases do more harm than good, as they are made using refined flour and contain few, if any, nutrients.
Snacking in between meals is not harmful in itself, as long as you pick the right snacks. If you are trying to lose weight, choose snacks that are rich in protein, fiber and/or antioxidants. Popcorn takes only a few minutes to make and is rich in fiber. Fruits contain numerous vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that can boost your immune system and help keep your hair and skin looking beautiful. Yogurt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and protein shakes are ideal for those who want to boost their energy levels. Nuts are a great source of protein but should only be eaten in moderation as they are also rich in calories.
If you are away from home most of the day, pick a low-fat, nourishing snack that is easy to take along in a backpack or purse. A banana, apple or small bag of sunflower seeds can be ideal for busy people. Alternatively, you may want to try taking carrot sticks, broccoli sticks or cauliflower sticks along in a small bag.
Starving yourself is the wrong way to go about reaching your fitness goals, as drastically cutting back on your food intake will slow your metabolism and cause your body to hoard fat. On the other hand, nutritious snacks throughout the day can reduce your appetite at mealtimes while boosting your energy levels throughout the day. There are plenty of healthy, low fat snacks to pick from, making it easy for anyone to choose the ones that he or she likes best.
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