95% of dieters gain back the weight they've lost within five years.*
Why? Because diets don't work. I am not a dietitian, but I've found that the people I train experience the greatest weight loss success when they consistently eat 5-6 small, healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. The reason is they keep their blood sugar at a consistent level and don't feel deprived. If your blood sugar drops too low you will experience headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. If you overeat and your blood sugar spikes the extra calories will be stored as fat.
So forget dieting. Eat when you're hungry, stop eating before you're full. If you're eating every few hours you won't have to feel like you need to stuff yourself at each meal.
The following are some healthy snacks that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout your busy day.
Popcorn (air-popped or 94% fat free)
Glass of skim milk - Milk is getting all kinds of great press for lowering fat absorption, aiding muscle recovery, and helping you stay slim. Even chocolate milk is okay, you just have to realize it has more calories.
Raw veggies – carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, cucumbers, etc.
Serving of fruit - banana, apple, orange, pear, strawberries, grapes, etc.
Rice cakes - I used to think these were awful, but the Quaker Quakes are pretty tasty, they even have chocolate - oooh la la!
Nuts or sunflower seeds and raisins
Small bowl of high-fiber cold cereal
Peanut butter on celery sticks
Fruit smoothie - Mix your favorite fruit with fat-free yogurt, skim milk, vanilla flavoring, and ice - throw in some cinnamon for a fun flavor change. Cinnamon also helps lower blood glycogen which will keep your blood sugar from spiking and your body from storing calories as fat.
Yogurt Parfait – low-fat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, fruit, and granola
Almonds and Raisins
Apple and Peanut Butter
Chicken and Spinach Salad
Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Guacamole and Veggies
Ham and Cheese Slices
Hummus on Lettuce Leaves
High fiber toast with peanut butter and jelly
Open-Faced Roast Beef or Turkey Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Banana
Peanuts and Yogurt
Rice Cake with Peanut Butter
Slim•Fast Low Carb Snack Bar
Strawberries and String Cheese
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Wheat Crackers and Cheese
Low-fat granola bar - We're kind of addicted to the Fiber One bars. They taste really good and have a ton of fiber.
If you have any tasty items to add to the list, I'd love to lengthen it.
Thanks and have a great day,
Cami is a wife, mother, author, and proud supporter of Casper's Malt Shoppe. Please refer to her website, www.camichecketts.com, for information on her books.
* Why Diets Don't Work
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