In order to lose weight faster and more efficiently, you need to eat more. That doesn’t make any sense, right? It sounds too good to be true and it contradicts the whole concept of dieting, however, it’s a hard and proven fact. But wait, before you start planning a binge, here’s the catch, you need to eat more of the good stuff. Now, there’s no need to roll your eyes, it’s actually very simple!
Think about it like this, for a fire to keep burning it needs to be stoked every so often on a regular basis. much like our metabolism, which is our internal fat burning furnace. Stoking your metabolism requires eating a small meal or snack approximately every 3 hours (like throwing a log on the fire). Over the course of a day this will add up to 5 or 6 small meals (for example: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, evening snack). The size of the meals will depend on your total daily calorie allowance.
A general recommendation is that snacks should be between 100 and 200 calories each. You’re probably wondering what types of snacks could possibly be 100 to 200 calories and still be satisfying? It certainly rules out any sort of processed or junk food options, which are loaded with empty calories and next to zero nutrition. Processed snacks are a waste of calories since they will not satisfy you for long. They generally cause a drop in blood sugar levels causing you to feel hungry again, which can then lead to unhealthy food cravings. The key to avoiding this viscous cycle is to find foods that are naturally low in calories and nutrient dense (high nutritional value).
Here’s a list of 10 nutrient dense snacks that will not only keep you full longer, but will also satisfy the taste buds. A good idea is to keep these items stocked in your fridge and pantry so you have them on hand for the next snack attack. Many of these snacks are great for on-the-go or for at your desk at work, so keep a stash handy wherever you can. This will take the guess work out of eating healthy and keep you on the right track.
Top 10 Nutrient Rich Snacks:
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts)
- Dried Fruit (raisins, dates, prunes, cranberries, cherries – unsweetened)
- Veggies (baby carrots, celery sticks, sugar snap peas, etc)
- String Cheese
- Fresh fruit & Berries
- Popcorn (air popped, unsalted, no butter or margarine)
- Cottage cheese & fresh/frozen berries and honey
- Whole grain cracker with Hummus, Peanut butter
- Dark Chocolate
Portion control is very important even with healthy snacks. Measure out and pack proper portions in advance so they are ready when you need them, this requires a little planning and preparation, but is well worth the effort. By having these healthy snacks readily on hand, you can avoid any dietary pitfalls and feel good that you are stoking your body’s fat burning potential. Combine these healthy eating habits with a structured exercise regime and watch your body transform!