Thursday, 13 August 2015

Keep snacking to support weight loss

When trying to cut back on kilojoules and lose weight, a common tactic is to avoid snacking. But healthy snacking is an important part of any diet and can actually assist with weight loss.
When hunger hits between meals, choosing the right, nutrient-dense snack can be the difference between meeting weight loss goals and failing miserably because ravenous hunger usually leads to overeating.
By eating small portions of nutrient-dense foods throughout the day, you’ll easily meet weight loss goals and provide your body with the nutrition it needs.
Snack to boost metabolism. It’s often thought that when losing weight, metabolism slows. While there’s some truth to this (because there’s less of you to burn energy), you can prevent the metabolic meltdown by eating small frequent meals throughout the day (1). By including healthy snacks between balanced meals, you’re keeping your body in constant burning and building mode.
Snack to curb hunger. When eating small nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day, the body is getting just enough nourishment to curb hunger and keep you satisfied. But you need the right nutrients – studies have shown snacks high in protein and fibre have the strongest effect on satiety (3,4).
Snack to nourish the body. Do you get the recommended 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day? If not, you’re not alone. Only one in four US adults meet the mark (5). Healthy snacking can help promote consumption of nutrient-rich foods including fruits and vegetables. In fact, people who snack are more likely to follow a higher-quality diet with reduced intake of solid fats and added sugars (2).
Snack to manage blood sugar. Snacking has also been shown to support the body’s ability to regulate glucose and insulin (1). With increased control over the body’s glucose and insulin function and a more continuous supply of nutrients to the body, blood glucose levels will stay steady throughout the day. Avoiding blood glucose spikes and crashes is important to prevent fatigue and temptations to eat for an energy boost.

Choosing healthy snacks

Snacking has increased dramatically with almost 40 percent of people reporting they have three or more snacks per day as compared to 12 percent 30 years ago (6). The problem is that many of these snacks are high in kilojoules, fat, salt and sugar resulting in increased waistlines. Even more important is what’s not in these snacks: protein and fibre – nutrients that can help you feel fuller longer. They also commonly lack essential vitamins and minerals, making it difficult to meet daily micronutrient needs.
Good sources of healthy snacks :
Isagenix snack options - super easy, taste great and fully of protein
High protein snack options - readily available high protein options

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