Discovering the top healthy snacks for weight loss can help you overcome one of the biggest hurdles in anyone who wants to keep their body healthy and trim. There are so many tempting, but unhealthy (and fattening) snacks that can undo all your hard work.
Snacking is part of nearly everyone’s day. Our digestion is better adapted to small, frequent meals than large, infrequent ones. When this is done right, it can form one of the most important parts of your diet.
Large, infrequent meals put an enormous strain on your digestive system. The complexities of the different foods intermingling, the sheer volume of the food eaten contribute to a lack of health, a heavy feeling and unwanted pounds.
Digestion takes up an enormous amount of energy, which is why most people feel sleepy after a big meal. Your body has to focus all its energy on this important task.
By eating large meals, you increase the size of your stomach. This allows you to consume all that food.
When you eat small, frequent snacks, or mini meals as they should be called, you reduce the size of your stomach. You are more easily and quickly satisfied. This means you don’t feel sluggish or heavy, you can continue whatever you are doing uninterrupted. And the snack, if it is the right one, has boosted your energy, which is the idea of snacks.
So what are the best healthy snacks for weight loss?
Other requirements that may also need to be considered are that they are easy to create, good to eat, can be transported easily and can be consumed without mess.
It is inappropriate to have a snack which results in sticky fingers, a mess in your bag or pocket or that take hours to prepare.
There is probably only one type of food that fits all those requirements.
Fruit and some vegetables.
Most fruit already comes neatly packaged. In its own skin. Many fruits can be eaten without any mess. Many fruits can be easily transported. Perhaps best of all, fruit needs little or no preparation.
The obvious fruits that fit this bill are apples and bananas. But others include small cucumbers, mandarins, satsumas, persimmons and raw asparagus.
Plums, peaches, nectarines, grapes, tomatoes are still very healthy, and slimming snacks, although their transportation is more limiting, due to their squashability. However, this can be overcome by carrying them in a container.
Carrot and celery sticks can be quickly prepared beforehand and carried in a container.
Dried fruits are easy and light to carry around, but don’t overdo these. Pieces of whole coconut need a little preparation, but tick all the other boxes.
Some people find that fruit is not very filling. The answer to this is to eat more. Instead of limiting yourself to one piece, have several. In time, as the size of your stomach shrinks, this may diminish depending on your activity, etc.
Be adventurous. Search the fresh food produce area of your supermarket for ideas.
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