Should Snacks Be Part of Your Menu Plan?
After eating a delicious bowl of steaming oatmeal for breakfast, you treated your dog to a nice, long walk. Now, your stomach is growling. Because you’re dieting, you’ve removed the word snacking from your vocabulary. However, you know you’ll be hungry until lunch. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Many people feel munching on one snack will derail their diet plans indefinitely. Thankfully, this common misconception couldn’t be further from the truth.
Your blood sugar levels experience a nose dive between three and five hours after you consume food. Eating a healthy snack when hunger pangs hit helps you stabilize your blood sugar numbers and keep your metabolism in fat burning form. By eating healthy snacks between meals, you’ll also be less likely to overeat during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whenever you consume an overload of calories during mealtimes, you often feel drowsy afterwards. By spreading your calories more evenly throughout your day, you’ll probably be less tempted to take frequent naps.
While snacking can be a healthy component of a weight loss plan, resist the temptation to overindulge. Only reach for a snack when you’re truly hungry. Eating a snack because you’re bored, stressed, or sad might make you feel better temporarily. However, this type of emotional eating isn’t good for your health or your waistline. Whenever you’re hungry between mealtimes, avoid consuming processed foods, including 100 calorie snack packs.
Great Options to Processed Snacks
While processed foods are convenient, they contain stomach expanding sugar, sodium, and fat. Instead of eating a bag of potato chips or cookies, munch on healthy, filling options such as:
- A serving of turkey breast
- Apple slices topped with peanut butter
- A handful of walnuts
- A cup of plain, Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon
To lose weight and keep it off for life, eating when hunger pangs strike is crucial. If you avoid eating when you’re hungry, your body will go into famine mode. It will begin transforming energy stores into fat. To learn how to incorporate healthy snacks into your menu plan, consider scheduling a free consultation with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center near you.
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