Should I or shouldn’t I if I want to lose weight??!
You might have heard people say in the past that if you want to lose weight then you need to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism going and to keep burning fuel.
Well this isn’t exactly true.
I would suggest that if you feel like you need to snack all the time, then maybe you haven’t fuelled adequately at your previous meal therefore resulting in blood sugars going awry which could also affect your concentration levels, energy and mood. It could also be that you are used to mindlessly grabbing a snack at that dreaded 3:30itis time or that you are bored.
This is where you need to really listen to your body: Are you actually hungry? Are you bored and trying to fill in time? If you tend to be an emotional eater, is it actually emotions that is driving your desire to snack?
If you are truly hungry and you know that you in fact did eat well at your last meal, it was well balanced with a good portion of non-starchy vegetables, some protein and some healthy fats – then you probably do need a snack. Overly restricting calories, especially when you are exercising to lose weight, is not helpful either and can be detrimental in the long run. If you are eating well and exercising appropriately, building lean muscle will require more fuel than when you had less lean mass – therefore you may actually end up with increased energy requirements.
It can all become a bit tricky! So what makes some good snacks?
A tin of tuna/ salmon on 2-3 small grainy crackers or use vege sticks to scoop out the contents.
A low sugar beef jerky stick
A piece of whole fruit
Apple with a spoon of peanut butter/ cottage cheese
Vege sticks with hummus/ cottage cheese
150g Greek yoghurt
A slice of Nutty seed loaf topped with avocado/ tomato/ peanut butter
A hard-boiled egg
30g plain mixed nuts
½ cup edamame beans
1 cup of plain or lightly salted popcorn
Make rice paper vege rolls with things like grated carrot, shredded lettuce, capsicum and sprouts. If you have some leftover meat like chicken, shred it up and add it to the mixture. A can of tuna would work as well.
And that’s just a start!
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