Author: Andy Blackwell
Healthy Snacks between Meals. Good or Bad for Weight Loss?
So what is a healthy snack?
A healthy snack can be considered a small, well balanced meal eaten between the so-called three main meals of the day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Healthy snacks help you to keep energy levels steady in the late morning and afternoons when those who are just eating 3 meals a day feel like falling asleep at their desks.
Whether your fitness goal is to lose weight, tone up or simply maintain your healthy body, finding the right foods to snack on between main meals can present problems.
To fuel your body and prevent cravings each snack should have a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Not only that but be made up of mostly whole or naturally occuring foods.
So doesn’t snacking make you fat?
Not if you get it right by making the correct choices. Most pre-packaged, processed snacks are poor choices which the body will dislike and mostly store as fat. Aim to have home-made naturally occuring foods as much as possible to make sure that you are getting nutritional value each time you eat.
Getting the macro nutrient balance right helps ensure that your bloody sugar levels remain steady and also helps in the better absorption of vital nutrients on a consistant basis right throughout the day.
Read about some Unhealthy Snacks you should avoid if you are looking for weight loss or general well-being.
So why else should we eat healthy snacks between the 3 main meals?
To keep your metabolism steady which encourages fatloss
To regulate your mood, a hungry bear is an angry bear. It is the nature of mammals to be a little tetchy when hungry. This is the bodies way of preparing you to hunt for food.
To prevent cravings of sugary/fatty snacks
To regulate blood sugar
To stop your body breaking down your lean muscle stores between the 3 large square meals.
To keep your mind sharp for daily tasks
To give you energy to workout and maintain or build lean muscle and cardio-vascularly exercise.
To add nutritional value to our bodies in a tasty way
Check out Milly’s Healthy Granola Bars as a great starting point. Not only will it take you just 5 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes in an oven. But it will last you all week so is minimal cooking effort required on your part.
Andy says “When it comes to snacking for fat-loss try not to think of the most convenient foods that all your friends rave about (most have additives if they are that convenient anyways). Take a little time and effort to prepare your snacks for the week and you will be one step closer to your goal.
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