Reasonable Snacks May Help Dieters Lose Weight

Snacking can be at your advantage or disadvantage when attempting to lose weight. Reasonable snacking can prevent overeating meals, but most people find it hard to determine what is reasonable.
Many people around the world now snack more than in past decades. Snacking can increase the amount of calories in the body in which 24 percent of calories from snacking equates to about 600 calories per day.

Most people who love to snack eat salty food, candy, nuts and seeds and cereals. Although snacking of high-fat deserts is not that popular anymore compare to the last decades, snacking on low-fat desserts have increased.

As snaking increases, obesity rates also increases.
What are the reasons behind this thing? Maybe, many take snack so much because foods are more widely available and heavily advertise than before. In the U.S., menu items at restaurants grouped as snack item have increased by 170 percent since 2007.

Most dietitians recommend consuming snacks in a 100-200-calorie range. Eating snacks more than the recommended amount of calories can increase your overall calorie intake for the day.
Registered dietitian Amanda Carmichael recommends snacks for people who want to lose weight. She says snacks help her clients feel more satisfied throughout the day. She adds that they do not feel deprived as they don’t feel hungry all the time. She recommends cottage cheese and fruit, peanut butter and crackers or a bar-type snack with at least 7 grams of protein because protein feels more satisfying.

Carmichael says that most of her clients are only eating one or two meals a day. Many of them are either do not have time to eat or don’t feel hungry because of so much work. However, they eat too much when they finally eat their meal that result to gain weight. This is reasonable snacking will come into play because it can avoid extreme hunger, which could lead people to consume a large amount of food.

However, proper snacking needs planning and this is a problem because most people simply don’t want to plan. Carmichael suggests carrying healthy snacks to avoid getting too hungry and end up choosing unhealthful kind of snacks.

Physician George Woodman says that planning is the key. Many of his patients who got successful results planned ahead. They have with them healthy snack foods packed with their lunch, so they do not rely on vending machines when they get hungry between meals.

For convenience, Carmichael recommends bringing 100-calorie packs of crackers or other snacks but not the sweet varieties. Too much sugar with less fiber or protein is not advisable for snacks.
To save money, it is suggested to buy in bulk and just put the needed quantity of snack foods to bag or small container.

Registered dietitian Rachel Burana says that some consider snacking as eating chips and candy allowing them to increase calorie level while not providing a lot of fullness. Burana recommends to her clients to consume snack foods high in fiber because they satisfy for a longer time. These snack foods include apple slices with peanut butter, whole wheat crackers with low-fat cheese, or yogurt and fruit.

Certified strength and conditioning specialist Jeremy Crowe also recommends snacking for his clients who want to lose weight. He says that snacking can keep your energy level at an even keel and keeps insulin from spiking too high. He explains that too much insulin in the blood means less fat is burned for fuel. Crowe recommends consuming 20 almonds over a 30-minute period as a healthful and satisfying snack choice. He says that almonds have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that satisfy the need for a bit of fuel in between meals.

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