Snacking can be the ultimate diet killer. We can have a healthy breakfast and lunch but get hungry during the afternoon or have eaten healthily all day but then cave at night. Snacking on its own isn’t unhealthy, but what happens more often than not, is that we snack on unhealthy food. Here are three tips to avoid unhealthy snacking.
1) Plan Ahead
When I know I am going to have a long day, I make sure to keep a bag of almonds or carrots on me. By having healthy snack options on me, I never stop at a convenience store for snacks when I’m hungry. This ensures that I will eat a healthy snack.
2) Snack Mindfully
It’s okay to snack! And when you do, make sure to enjoy it. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who ate a meal without distractions felt more satisfied and ate less later in the day. I suggest that people take roughly a fifteen-minute break from work while they snack. It can be a great way to re-set and re-focus during the afternoon.
3) It’s Okay To Treat Yourself
As long as you aren’t treating yourself too much, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving yourself a reward. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, savoring a small treat each day won’t sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Be sure to use moderation and go with a healthier treat such as low-calorie ice cream. Giving yourself a small reward more frequently is much healthier than a “cheat day” where you eat double what you usually do.
What’s your favorite healthy snack food? What secrets do you have to avoid unhealthy snacking? Which of these three tips are you going to try first?