This world is a cruel place. We are surrounded by delicious food from all corners which makes the task of trying to eat better nothing less than a struggle.
Amidst this battle, we often end up asking ourselves the dilemmatic question that is, how to be healthy? What kinds of snacks are filling and delicious whilst also being healthy? Following are some rules that will help you on your journey towards healthy snacking.
Know When to Snack
We snack when we feel hungry which is normally approximately 3 hours after a meal. Those who have the urge to eat go ahead and grab a bite without beating yourself up. If you hold out for long, that hunger will continue to build up with the end result being you eating a lot more than initially planned.
If, however, you are looking to shed a few pounds from the scale and are not feeling particularly famished then we suggest holding out for a little longer and having lunch directly. Never just grab a bite when you feel hungry because all our metabolisms function at a different rate. Grab a bite after every few hours to allow your metabolism to stay active.
Know What to Snack On
This is where the struggle truly begins. What to eat? A snack should ideally constitute of 150-250 calories with 5 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and nothing more than 12 grams of fat. While hitting the jackpot is difficult when it comes to snack selection, it is important to only strive to attain balance. If one snack lacks on the protein front, make up for the lost count with your next snack that should be rich in proteins.
Kick Cravings to the Curb
Cravings are a monster to control. If you find yourself lurking in the kitchen even after you have had your snack, then the chances are that this issue has more to do with the psychological aspect of eating healthy as opposed to the physical one.
Here’s how you can help kick cravings to the curb. Firstly, think of ways to distract yourself. Find a sport to keep you preoccupied. If nothing fits your fancy then a simple stroll in the park will suffice. Distraction will help derail the mind from problems regarding stress, fatigue, anxiety, etcetera and thus aid in preventing unnecessary snacking.
Secondly, try to get more sleep. Sleep moderates various hormones in the body that directly influence eating habits. Sleep more, eat less. Lastly, some munching patterns are habitual. Switch up your routine and your immediate surroundings in order to allow your mind to rewire. Simple things such as dim lighting can do so much as to instigate greater food consumption.
Switch to a high-protein, high-fiber diet with greater use of whole grain. Try to eliminate high-carbohydrate and high-sugar items from your diet and instead opt for complex sugars that are found in fruits and vegetables. Eating healthy is a challenge but it is nothing a little bit of will power and motivation won’t overcome.