How to find healthy snacks that don’t ruin your diet

How to find healthy snacks that don’t ruin your diet

Losing weight can be a very complex subject which many people struggle with. Whilst sticking to a particular diet plan people may become hungry and feel like a snack but are completely unsure of what is best to have. Some snacks may seem small but could be filled with fat and calories.

The key is to finding out about a wide range of snacks and their nutritional values so you have a wide variety available for you to choose from and suit your appetite at any particular moment in time.

If you are on a calorie controlled diet which may be around the 1,200 calorie a day mark then you will want your snacks to be low in calories so they do not intrude on your main meals.

One of the obvious choices will be fruit. These taste good, are very healthy and are low in calories.

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One apple and a handful of grapes are just a hundred calories and will fill you up in between meals.

Other snacks around the 100 calorie mark include the following:

  • A small tub of low fat yoghurt with a handful of raspberries
  • 1 small banana and 1 small mandarin
  • 1 Weetbix with skimmed milk
  • 4 slices of low fat ham with a salad

What we have to remember is that it is not the actually snacking which will get us into trouble and make us put weight on. It is the type of snacks we have. As long as we eat the correct types of snacks then this will help contribute to weight loss.

Whilst a chocolate bar may seem very tempting it is not very nutritious and you will soon find yourself hungry and wanting to snack again. Not only that but chocolate is very high in calories. Ditch the chocolate and go for a healthy option such as the fruit. This way you will be full for longer, have more energy and would have consumed less calories and fat.

If you are going to snack, have something which is releases sugar into the bloodstream slowly (low GI) and will stave off those hunger pains for longer. Good foods to stop you feeling hungry again after eating them are eggs, salad vegetables, avocados, fish, poultry and meat.

Pick a snack which is high in fibre and nutritious such as beans, whole grains, fruit and vegetables. This way the snacks you are eating do not just give you empty calories as a chocolate bar would be nutritious calories.

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