But It Only Has a 100 Calories...
While shopping for groceries at your local supermarket, you see a large shelf of convenient, snack packs. These packs are filled with individually wrapped servings of tantalizingly tempting cookies, candy, potato chips, and corn chips. Because each serving only contains 100 calories, you immediately toss a couple of packs into your shopping cart. Due to your pledge to lose a few pounds by the end of the summer, you feel good about your purchase. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Nowadays, 100 calorie, snack packs are extremely popular. Unfortunately, eating them doesn’t always contribute to healthy weight loss.
The Problem with Processed Snacks
Processed, snack packs are often filled with waistline expanding sugar, saturated fat, and sodium. While they may not contain many calories, they’re often void of beneficial nutrients such as:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
Due to a deficit of nutrients, 100 calorie, snack packs typically won’t satisfy your cravings for long. Actually, the high, refined sugar content of these processed snacks might make you almost immediately crave another one.
Don't Agonize.. Eat Real Food
To successfully lose weight and keep it off for life, you don’t need to meticulously count every calorie of food you pop into your mouth. Rather than agonizing over calories, focus on eating real, healthy food options such as delicious:
- Grilled trout
- Baked apples
- Steamed carrots
- Roasted, asparagus spears
- Toasted pecans
- Plain, Greek yogurt
By revamping your menu plan, you can enjoy eating virtually anywhere. You won’t unnecessarily experience a panic attack when you can’t find the calorie counts of offerings on the restaurant’s menu. If avoiding counting calories in favor of eating real, healthy foods is a new concept to you, consider scheduling a free consultation at a Metabolic Research Center near you. A caring consultant at the Metabolic Research Center can provide you with recipes and a menu plan you can utilize regardless of whether you’re dining at a five-star restaurant or enjoying a potluck dinner with friends.
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