When you’re trying to lose weight, you need to be careful about what you eat between meals. Calories from unplanned snacks add up fast, and will ultimately prevent you from reaching your ideal weight. When you think about how much effort you put into the rest of your diet, it’s a shame to fail because of a few snacks here and there.
Next time you find yourself reaching for something to munch between meals stop and ask yourself if you’re really hungry. Be absolutely honest. Your answer will determine which step you take next. If you are reaching for a snack because you’re genuinely hungry, then you should go ahead and have something to eat.
Leaving yourself to get ravenous is a mistake because you never know when your willpower will throw in the towel. The important thing is to be careful about what you eat. Reaching for a quick fix like chocolate, cookies, or chips, may be tempting but they won’t keep the hunger pangs away for long. Before you know ¡t you will be reaching for another hit.
Instead, aim for a healthy snack that will cost you less calories but make you feel more satisfied. Good choices are fresh or dried fruit, low-fat yogurt, air-popped popcorn, rice cakes, or chopped up vegetables with low-fat hummus. If the answer is no, you’re not hungry, then you need to step away from the fridge, cupboard, or vending machine, as fast as possible. Next, establish why you are eating when you’re not hungry.
Is it out of habit, or could it be because you’re bored? Whatever the reason, you need to plan a distraction to implement whenever you find yourself reaching for unnecessary snacks. Some people find brushing their teeth not only gives them something to do, but the fresh taste ¡n their mouth takes away their craving. Other techniques are to phone a friend, go on the internet, put the kettle on, paint your nails, or do some exercise. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, as long as it takes you away from the source of food.
Of course, you should keep in mind that if you do anything that requires a lot of physical or even mental strain, you will naturally get hungry, so you should either do activities that don’t require much effort or go the extra mile and continue an hour or so without eating – that will also burn fat, but you should remember to eat a normal amount of food after you’re done.
Snacks are good and delicious, but you must remember to have the willpower to abstain from them. Next time you reach for a snack, make sure it doesn’t undo all your hard work.