Healthy Snacking and Staying Fit!
You’ve heard that snacking is good for your metabolism. It’s something that we read and hear fitness experts encourage the public to do. The question is: Do you snack right? Or, is your snacking adding unwanted pounds and getting in the way of your fitness goals?
The fact is many of us snack on the wrong things. Recent surveys report that 65% of adults eat two snacks every day. If these were wholesome snacks then logic would dictate that 65% of adults should be lean and healthy. Alas — if only all snacking was good for you! The unfortunate truth is that most snacking will only add pounds and inches to your waistline. This is because if you are snacking on all the wrong things it will lead to a very frustrating weight gain cycle.
So to help you combat this yoyo routine, here are the two Skinny Snacking Rules that you need to snack smart, rev up your metabolism and give you the energy you need throughout the day. Following these will help you get lean fast!
Healthy Snacking Rule #1: Avoid snacks that are high in carbohydrates and simple sugars. Most simple, quick snack foods are filled with grains, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates. These are packaged goods, crackers, chips, and usually granola bars. Quick and crunchy snacks like these will quickly add inches where you only want to lose them.
Your smart snack should be very low in carbohydrates, simple sugars, and grains.
Healthy Snacking Rule #2: Eat snacks that are high in protein and healthy fiber. This may sound difficult, but it’s really not. Once you get into the habit of eating protein and fiber for your snacks it will become second nature.
Here are some awesomely fit snack ideas: Greek yogurt and ¼ cup of almonds, 3oz of turkey jerky with an apple, a protein shake with gluten free chocolate rice cakes and table spoon of natural peanut butter. If you must have your pastries and baked goods then seek out recipes that are made with almond flour or coconut flour, which is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates and simple sugars.
Cutting out bad snacking with those carbohydrate and sugar-filled snacks will change your body quickly. This change, along with replacing sugar-filled beverages with water, is the number one way that you can immediately begin to lose inches and get lean. To ensure that you are not over-snacking try to space your meals and snacks by 3 hours and keep snacks around 150 calories.
I tell people all the time that abs are not made in the gym they are made in the kitchen. Getting to the gym is only half the battle the more difficult part is what you eat before and after you go to the gym. Watch your snacking habits and you will see the improvement you want.
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