Did you know working snacks into your day can help you stick to your die?. Just make sure to factor them into your calorie counting.
Snacks have earned a bad reputation in recent years with the growing acknowledgment of a link between mindless snacking and excess weight. But this doesn’t mean snacks are the enemy of calorie counting; in fact, if you are strategic, snacks can help you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Calorie Counting: Curbing Hunger With Snacks
Whether you have a lot of weight to lose or just a little, scheduling snacks is helpful when hunger strikes. Of course, your snack calories have to be included in your overall calorie plan. If you were to eat an additional 100 calories per day as a snack, that could add up to one pound over the course of a month.
On the other hand, strategic snacking that is included within your daily calorie counting helps control hunger and keeps you on track with your weight-loss goals, says Gail Curtis, assistant professor, at Wake Forest University Health Sciences in Winston-Salem, N.C. Curtis is the former director of the university weight-management program for people with a BMI of 27 and higher and continues to work with people who are trying to lose 100 or more pounds.
Here are many options for making snacks a satisfying and nutritionally smart part of counting calories; for variety, try a different idea each day:
- Low-calorie yogurt or frozen yogurt
- Sugar-free pudding with a graham cracker to dip
- Hummus and pita bread or veggies to dip
- A handful of pretzels
- A small square of dark chocolate
- Anything from Wonderslim (a budget-friendly option!)