Making the right choice when it comes to snacking in between meals is just as important as the meals themselves. When hunger strikes here’s what you can do to keep it in check:
Whenever you feel hungry in between meals drink a glass of water before doing anything else. Unfortunately, our brains haven’t gotten this whole hungry vs. thirsty thing figured out; your brain can’t tell the difference between hunger and thirst so if you’re feeling hungry, you could just be thirsty. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day as well as during meals and snacks not only keeps you properly hydrated but helps your brain determine if you’re really hungry or not. So always drink a glass of water first and if, after some time, you’re still hungry opt for a snack high in fiber or protein to keep you full until your next meal. Some of my favorite snacks are fresh fruit and veggies, greek yogurt, almonds, and tuna. Fresh fruit and vegetables like apples, carrots, and peppers are all high in fiber and when paired with a little peanut butter or hummus they create the perfect snack. Another favorite of mine is Starkist Tuna Creations tuna packets. They come in a variety of flavors (some of my favorites are ranch, buffalo, and chipotle) and are an excellent low calorie/high protein snack. High fiber and high protein snacks along with plenty of water help keep you fuller longer and prevent binges between meals.
It’s a common misconception that when trying to lose weight you should eat less. While it’s true that you should use proper portions and stay within a healthy caloric intake, you should eat often to boost your metabolism. Eating every two to three hours prevents your hunger from getting out of control. Once it’s out of control and that feeling of insatiable hunger hits you’re more likely to binge. Having healthy and filling snacks on hand help keep the binges at bay and keep you on track to achieving your goals.
What are your favorite snacks? Leave your answer in the comments!