When it comes to losing weight, sometimes the recommendations seem contradictory. Should we be eating small meals and snacks throughout the day? Or is reaching for some munchies in between meals a recipe for expanding your waistline? As it turns out, it’s not the snacking itself that impacts your weight – it’s what you eat and when you eat it.
So when should you nibble? Try not to reach for the pantry if the interval between your meals is less than a few hours. A snack that’s consumed too close to a big meal may satisfy for you for a few hours, but if you end up skipping dinner, odds are you’ll be back in the kitchen just before bed looking for something to calm your craving.
As for what to snack on, it goes without saying that potato chips are worse for your waistline than fresh fruit (and if you’re like me, you really can’t have just one!). If you do need a little something to tide you over until dinnertime, try not to go for the junk food. Taking advantage of healthy munchies like baby carrots, apple slices or a banana with almond butter is a great way to stay full without adding inches to your waistline.
Are you starving with five hours to go until your next meal? Then by all means, grab a little something and enjoy it. Snacking on its own isn’t bad – you just need to do it right.