Here at H&PC we love our snack time! Not only do snacks taste delicious, but they can also play a key role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Often when trying to lose weight people exclude snacks and try to stick to 3 meals a day. Whilst this may seem like the best way to reduce your food intake, it can end up having quite the opposite effect and cause you to overeat later in the day. If this sounds all too familiar or you just love your snacks, you’re in luck! Today we give you all you need to know about why snacks are the key to your weight loss success.
Why you should plan to snack
Many of us don’t plan to snack, whether that’s because you are trying to reduce how much you are eating or just because you don’t think about it. Planning to snack is essential to ensure you are meeting your nutrition goals. For the majority of us, we will start to feel hungry again within 3-5 hours after a meal. If you don’t eat until your next meal, you may find yourself starving when you go to eat. This can lead to overeating and can hinder your ability to meet your weight loss goals. Either that, or you will end up buying something on the go which may not align with your nutrition goals.
By planning to include one or two snacks each day you can ensure you are still on track for weight loss success. It is important to remember that just because you have planned a snack, it doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Make sure you listen to your hunger cues and eat the snack if you need it or leave it for the next day if you aren’t super hungry that day.
Planning a snack or two into your day plays an important role in your weight loss success. Being intentional about your nutrition plan has many health benefits. Not only does snacking between meals help in managing your appetite, it also allows you stick to regular portion sizes at mealtimes. Plus, it can keep your overall energy levels up throughout the day. In fact, having a balanced mid-afternoon snack can help to curb those 3pm sugar cravings and keep you energised throughout the afternoon.
What does a good snack look like?
Before you can plan to snack, it’s important to know what a good snack should look like. Whilst the perfect snack may vary depending on your nutrition goals, the key nutrients to include remain the same. You should opt for a snack that contains a protein source, some colour, fibre and healthy fats.
- Protein sources can include fish, lean meat, chicken, tofu or even legumes
- Add colour to your snacks by including a variety of different fruit and veg. This could include some cut up vegetable sticks or adding some fruit and veg to your smoothies.
- A great way to add fibre to your snacks is through adding in some fruit, vegetables or wholegrains.
- Some examples of healthy fats to add to your snacks include avocado, nuts and seeds, or a drizzle of olive oil.
If you are looking for some snack inspiration, check out our blog with our favourite snacks while WFH!
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