Snacking between meals is something that we all do when hunger strikes. The important thing that you need to consider is what foods you are snacking on. Developing bad habits when it comes to snacking can negatively affect an otherwise healthy diet and for people who are trying to lose weight snacking on the wrong foods can make this task almost impossible. When you are desperately hungry between meals it is important to choose snacks that are healthy.
Snacking on foods such as chocolates or chips may be ok once in a while however people who make a habit of snacking need to consider healthier options. For people who have regular snacks it is important to treat these snacks as small meals and eat foods that you would normally eat for a healthy meal only in a smaller portion size.
There is a huge variety of healthy snack food available for all tastes including fresh fruit, nuts and also dairy products such as yoghurts. The best way to avoid eating other unhealthy foods is to be prepared for snack time and take healthy items to work with you or have them at home ready for anytime you are hungry. Eating these healthy snacks also acts to full you up so you are less likely to eat other unhealthy foods and you may in fact eat less while snacking.
As well as taking snack foods to work or having them on hand at home it is also important to drink plenty of water during the day. The best way to remember to drink water is to have a bottle on your desk at work and make sure that you take a drink when you have a meal or a snack. Many people don’t drink enough water and are constantly dehydrated which can sometimes make you feel hungry. People often misinterpret this dehydration as hunger and eat when they are actually thirsty.
Another great tip for people who work in an office environment is to have some snacks such as nuts in a container in your in or on your desk. Non perishable snacks such as nuts are great to snack on during the day and the advantage of not having to put them in the fridge is that your co-workers wont accidently eat them all. Don’t be tempted to put too much snack food in reach of your desk especially if you are trying to lose weight.