We eat twice as many snacks as we did 30 years ago. And while having the munchies in between meals is totally normal, if you aren’t careful, all those mini-meals can add up. So, if you’re snacking is reeking havoc on your diet, then read this and learn how to snack smarter.
#1 Don’t Eat Like Clockwork
We have all heard that we should eat every two to three hours in order to keep our metabolisms fired up right? But if you aren’t hungry, then you are just taking in an unnecessary amount of extra calories. Eating on autopilot all the time can totally screw up your system’s satiety signals (ie. your ability to identify true hunger). So instead of eating just because “it’s time,” watch for your body’s natural hunger cues.
#2 Do Plan Your Snacks
If you are constantly dropping silver in your office vending machine, yet can’t drop weight, then it may be time start planning your snacks homie. Two snacks a day–one mid-morning and one mid-afternoon–are probably all you need. So save that change and change things up by packing a piece of fruit and a bit of trail mix in your handbag each day.