Snacking is almost universally viewed as bad for health, primarily because snacks are associated with convenience foods like chips, popcorn, and soda. The last thing many of us imagine is that snacks cannot only be healthy, but also supportive of weight-loss regimes. In fact, some scientists now believe, as we do at Calla Slimspa, that healthy snacking may actually help dieters regulate their eating habits by learning to consume lighter meals.
A study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that there’s a less renowned, but definitely positive side to snacking. Healthy snacks consisting of fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as unsweetened beverages, can actually help dieters in their efforts to shed those extra pounds. Individuals who eat mid-morning snacks can lose an additional 7 percent of their weight during the course of one year. Moreover, the same study shows that women who consume about two snacks per day have a higher fiber intake when compared to women who don’t regularly snack. Dietary fiber is vital to gut health and will help lower blood cholesterol.
So what is the secret formula to a healthy snack for weight loss? Since women on a weight-loss program only have a limited number of calories to spend each day, it is important for them to incorporate nutrient-dense foods that are no more than 200 calories per serving. While the best snacks for a weight-loss program are proteins; non-starchy vegetables; fresh fruits; and non-calorie beverages, are also great.
Statistical data consistently shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans report snacking and that this behavior occurs across both genders, as well as all age groups and cultural backgrounds. Many people think that a weight-loss program has to mean always feeling hungry. This study suggests that snacking may actually help with weight loss if not done too close to another meal, particularly if the snacks are healthy foods that can help you feel full without adding too many calories!
At Calla Slimspa not only can we help you lose weight but we can also provide you with a long list of healthy snack alternatives. You don’t have to rely on chips, cookies, and candy to curb your snack hunger. We’ve got some great recipes that not only satisfy your appetite but your taste buds as well.