Snack Smarter to Lose Weight
Bad snacking habits can lead to bad results. If you’re a slave to snacking, you know how a snack can easily turn into a meal. Those 150 calorie per serving chips just turned into a 500 calorie feast.
Snacks can be like those hidden fees with cell phone companies or banks—you didn’t realize they were adding up on your calorie balance until you get the bill—or in this case, get the bulge.
While you might have a clean meal diet, if you don’t snack smart—you might not lose weight.
If you’ve snatched your snack bag and backed away from the blog—don’t worry–we aren’t going to tell you to give up on snacking.
We’re just going to tell you how to snack smarter to lose weight.
Let’s get started, snacker.
Pack Your Snacks
Snacking smarter can be as easy as pre-packaging one serving size in a baggy or small storage dish. Whether you’re grabbing a snack at work or at home, you’ll know when the snack is gone—you’ve reached the end.
Prepare to Avoid the Allure of Fast Food
Following up on the packing of snacks, if you’re armed with snacks, you’re less likely to give into that 2 for 5 deal at the drive-thru. And if you’re with a friend (and we use that term loosely 😉 ) who goes through the drive thru, just whip out your bag of grapes or almonds and with a little willpower decline the empty calories and empty promises of fat food. Er, um, –we mean, “fast food”.
Maybe your mom or grandma told you to do this when you were younger to avoid choking. Have you tried it? Chewing like 32 times? It’s hard, and weird sometimes. And we’re not telling you to necessarily chew THIRTY-TWO times. But, if you chew food more—and even assign a number, you give your stomach and brain more time between bites to realize fullness and you’re more focused on food so you don’t accidently slip into unfocused fooding. You also aid in the digestion process. Finally, choose foods that are tougher to chew to help you chew longer so you can spend more time chewing and less time eating more.
Plan Snacks During Meal Prep
While bagging snacks is similar, if you prep your snacks on meal prep day, you can plan out your total caloric allowance. That way you don’t have ‘wiggle room’ to grab those Doritos or buttered crackers. Plus, convenience is king when it comes to committing to a diet or breaking it. Make it as easy as possible on yourself.
Dips are Delicious but Can Destroy
If you’re like us, we love dipping. But dips can destroy a diet. Dressings and other delicious dips can add the caloric count of a meal in just two tablespoons. And who uses just two tablespoons when dipping? Not real dippers.
If you must dip, opt for light versions of dressings and the like, or go for hummus or peanut butter or something healthier and more filling.
Always check the label first. Seeing that label with half your daily intake of saturated fat or high sodium just might change your mind.
It’s really easy to grab a snack while on the phone or watching television. When you do this, you’re not being mindful of what you’re eating because you’re focusing on something else.
If you didn’t bag your snacks, this can easily undo your diet for the day. Be mindful. Be aware and snack smart by finishing your snack before you devote your mind to something else. Your waist will thank you.
Snack Smarter and Stay on Track
Sometimes the simplest suggestions are the biggest solutions for your woes. Snack smarter and see what happens. If you already do many of these things or all of them, consider that your weight loss struggle might be due to more than one reason. Fight multiple causes of weight gain with CapsiLean and get an edge on fat loss. From burning more calories to blocking carbs and burning fat, it can get you on track to losing weight and feeling great in those jeans again. Get it here. You’re welcome. Now—go snack smarter.