Many people on the weight loss journey usually think avoiding snacking will be a quick way to achieving results, but that does not always follow
You are trying to lose weight, working very hard, exercising and watching what you eat. Sometimes even trading green tea and water for sugar-filled coffee and sweet tea. You feel really good about what you are doing and seeing weight loss. Maybe you are now thinking about cutting out snacks to take your weight loss efforts to a whole new level.
You may want to reconsider these things:
Eating Frequently, 5 or 6 Times A Day, Keeps Your Metabolism Going
Snack time is not bad. It’s what people traditionally think of as snacks which can ruin your health. Snacks don’t necessarily have to mean processed treats, pastries, cake, donuts, energy drinks, chips and cookies, candies and sodas full of chemical nasties like high fructose corn syrup. Remember, snack time is not evil. The foods that people associate with snack time are the reason why your weight loss is not where you want it to be.
So don’t stop snacking.
When you eat frequently, your metabolism is constantly engaged. This is a good thing. If you only eat 3 large meals and skip your snacks, your metabolism is only engaged fully 3 times during the day. Add 2 or 3 snacks to 3 meals and you have your carb-crushing, calorie-crunching, fat-burning metabolism fully engaged 5 or 6 times a day.
You just have to eat the right things at snack time.
You May Reach for Sugar-Filled Beverages Instead of Snacks
Skipping snacks can mean you will reach for a beverage instead. The problem is if you need an energy boost, the crunchy, munchy food snack you avoid might be replaced by an energy drink or soda. Sugar is the number one culprit behind weight gain, so don’t replace your food snacks with sugar-filled beverages.
Skipping Snacks Might Make You Eat More During Meals
if you skip snacks, you may be ravenously hungry when you eat your main meals. This could lead to consuming too many calories and carbohydrates, which could wreck your weight loss plans. The best thing to do is to continue eating snacks. Instead of processed food, traditional snack foods and fast foods, reach for a handful of walnuts or almonds. Eat a small salad packed with your favorite fresh vegetables and fruits. Steer clear of foods, avoid refined sugar like the plague, eat vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts at snack time, and you will keep your weight loss efforts on track.
Furthermore, when considering the weight loss journey and avoiding snacking, always remember that there are varied thoughts on how helpful snacking could be or otherwise. If you will however want to snack, try and identify the good snacks. Read about them here
For further weight loss set backs, you may read my previous blog post here