Snacking for Weight Control

Many dieters believe that they’ll have to give up snacking to lose weight. But snacking isn’t the problem; it’s the food a person chooses. Choosing the right snack foods can actually improve a -person’s health and make it even easier to lose weight.

The first thing to remember is that the desire for certain snack foods tends to be triggered by psychological factors rather than real hunger. “Out of sight, out of mind” is a good rule of thumb when it comes to candy, cakes and other high-fat, high-calorie foods. Keep these foods out of the house and try to avoid window-shopping at those appetizing bakeries and sweet shops.

When you want a snack, choose foods that are low in fat and sugar, but high in complex carbohydrates.

The following foods make great snacks, and they’re healthy as well as tasty:

  •    fruit;
  •    air-popped popcorn or pretzels;
  •    rice cakes;
  •    carrot or celery sticks with low-fat dressing or dip;
  •    non-fat yogurt.

Eating slowly will help prolong the enjoyment and probably will reduce the amount of food actually eaten. Avoid eating on the run by choosing a special eating place, sitting down, and focusing on the between-meal treat.

To learn more about healthy, good-tasting snacks, or if you have specific medical concerns, such as special dietary requirements, ask your healthcare provider for advice on developing a safe and effective weight-loss program.

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