Guest Blogger

The author Adana Baro writes blogs and guest blogs for Pender Medi Spa. The medical spa specializes in skin care and Botox treatments in Vancouver.

Photo credit: people do without snacking in order to lose weight. Some people even skip meals in hopes of attaining their ideal weight. What if we told you that you can have your regular meals and do some snacking on the side while also maintaining a healthy weight at the same time? Yes, there is something you can do and it’s called sensible snacking. Here are some useful tips and tricks for snacking without worrying about possibly gaining weight:

1. Ask Yourself Why

Research shows that many people snack only because there is an abundance of food items around them. Whenever you feel the urge to snack, you should ask yourself why. Is it simply because there’s a lot of food around you or are you really in need of something to tide you over until your next meal? You should only give yourself a go signal to snack if the latter is your answer to WHY. You may have eaten very little for lunch due to a busy schedule or you may have been unusually active during the day, in which case you may indeed need a little snack.

2.    Count

Should you count calories only when you’re having a regular meal? Nope. You need to count calories when you snack as well. Anything you eat in between meals has the potential to trump even square meals in terms of calorie count. To make sure you’re not eating too much, make sure your snacks only bestow a maximum of 150 calories. It pays to read labels very carefully in this case, as some “healthy” snack bars actually contain more than 200 calories. It may also be a good idea to learn as much as you can about the best types of food to snack on, preferably ones that don’t contain extra calories.

3.    Wet Over Dry

Dry snacks are generally much easier to grab hold of, but they also tend to have considerably more calories. This is why it’s a lot better for you to go for wet snacks instead. Some of the best examples of healthy wet snacks are, of course, fresh fruits and vegetables. Because they have high water content, fruits and vegetables have fewer calories per serving. This means you can eat more of them without taking in as many calories. This is also the reason why fruits and veggies make you feel full for longer periods.

4.    Go for Fiber

The healthiest snack is one that makes you feel full without having to eat too much. This is why it’s advisable to choose snacks that are rich in dietary fiber and protein. Not only does this type of food make you feel full longer, they also help tone your muscles, which can also help speed up weight loss. Some of the best examples of high-fiber food that also contain protein are apples, nuts, pears, oranges, and grapefruit. For best results, your snack should have at least five grams of dietary fiber.

5.    Busy Hands

If you’re not too sure whether you really need a snack or you’re simply tempted by the food around you, try to find something to do that would distract you from the thought of food. If you can’t find anything that’ll serve as an effective form of distraction, then choose a snack that needs some time to prepare–something that will keep your hands busy. For example, you could peel and slice one whole green mango or chop some fresh fruits and then mix them in your favorite cereal. By the time you’re done preparing your snack, you may not even feel like eating much of it, as it’ll probably be almost time for dinner.

Just because you’re watching your weight doesn’t mean you have to completely forego eating snacks. This is a case where you can have your cake and eat it, too. (Figuratively speaking of course; most cakes are calorie-laden monsters!) As long as you do it sensibly and avoid eating mindlessly, snacking can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. In fact, snacking on healthy food may be a good way to eliminate the hunger pangs that often lead to uncontrolled munching.

– Adana Baro, Bloger, Pender Medispa