Healthy snacking is not only the more enjoyable route to go, but one of necessity. Why? When we really analyzed how we felt (big meals vs. small, incorporating healthy snacks), we can notice 3 really big changes for the better.
1. Better weight balance
80% of weight loss is a result of diet (the rest exercise) – so what and how you eat are obviously crucial to maintaining a healthy weight. When you eat large meals, 2 things happen: firstly, you feel super full – like uncomfortably full, and then a couple of hours later your blood sugar really starts to drop – taking with it, your energy. Snacks are a great way to temper your hunger and have consistent energy throughout the day. The keys to this plan are: making sure your bigger meals of the day aren’t huge (and are packed with nutrition) and planning in advance for the snacks you’ll eat. Waiting until you’re hungry to make this decision makes bad choices a lot more common. So plan ahead to find the balance you need!
2. Stops the impulse eating
To add to the last point above, the choices we make when we’re hungry are not necessarily the best choices. Making sure you never hit the ’I’m starving!’ phase is crucial to making the right call. Think about it: ever gone to the grocery store when you’re famished? If the answer is yes, by the end of your travel to the grocery, your shopping cart feels like a bin of junk. Here’s where healthy snacking comes in. Having a healthy snack allows you to maintain your energy levels and control – and once you’ve got your cravings in check, you’ve got a lot more power on your side.
3. Boosts your productivity & your mood
Throughout a busy day, heavy meals (filled with carbs, fats & sugars), stress and rushing around mess with your energy levels and can really run you down. Choosing smaller sensible meals (think: lean proteins, whole grains & veggies) combined with healthy snacks (fruits and vegetables) create slow burning fuel that help give you energy throughout the day – eliminating the peak and dips that unhealthy choices create. This not only boosts your mood – more energy/less sleepy but allows you to operate at your fullest potential and get stuff done!