Keeping our metabolism going with small meals and healthy snacks is a great way to encourage fat loss. Believe it or not, this really is an easy thing to do: eat something small every 2-3 hours throughout the day.
However, you must do it sensibly, or else it could actually have the opposite effect and lead to weight gain.
What you are actually eating has to be top priority! If you are eating unhealthy things every 2-3 hours, then you can see how quick weight gain might be the result rather than quick fat loss!
Here are three easy steps to keep in mind when snacking, increasing your metabolism, and encouraging fat loss all day long:
Snacking Tip #1: Watch out for added sugar.
The biggest nutritional item you should look for in your snacks is sugar. Sugars are the number one problem that differentiates healthy snacks from bad snacks! If you can, try and limit the amount of added sugars to hardly any, or even none!
Unfortunately, many snacks that are advertised as “healthy” have added sugars, which will destroy your results. Foods like protein bars, jerky, dried fruit, green juice, and trail mix often have added sugars and preservatives that you need to watch out for and avoid.
Your snacks should have little to zero added sugars, and should be a nice blend of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates.
Snacking Tip #2: Check the serving size.
Sometimes it might not appear that you are eating much sugar or carbs, but in reality the serving size is tiny and just one bite of something is already doubling up the numbers you read.
Sometimes you need to do some simple math to make sure you aren’t over-indulging on sugars and other bad items. As long as you are aware what is going in your body, you can manage it.
Snacking Tip #3: Homemade and made-in-nature are best.
Packaged snacks are always an easy option but food in its natural state is always the healthier alternative, or snacks that you’ve made at home with real food ingredients. Even the healthiest protein bar from the store will have preservatives and additives that are absent entirely in natural foods.
A handful of nuts, some fruit, a hard-boiled egg, or some chicken and veggies on a salad are all better options than any snack that comes in a package!
When possible, stick with whole foods found in nature and snacks and meals that you make at home.
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