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|Healthy Snacks To Help Lose Weight|
|Written by Glenn Ellis, BDO Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 19 May 2009|
(BlackDoctor.org) -- A common mistake made by brothers and sisters who are watching their weight is unhealthy snacking. Americans snack for various reasons: maybe you’re stuck at a desk job, maybe you don’t pre-plan the grocery list, or maybe you’re simply tempted by the wrong foods. It is important to remember that you are in control of what goes into your body -- overcoming the urge to snack when you are not hungry is simply a matter of self-discipline. Keep in mind that your body is unlikely to store food as fat if you limit eating to the times when you are physically hungry.
Snacks can give you an energy boost to help fuel your body between meals. Your body uses up the carbohydrate stores in your liver (which help maintain a normal level of blood sugar) in 4 to 6 hours. You need food to replace them.
When snacking, a useful tip is to avoid starchy high-glycemic index (GI) foods. These snacks tend to provide empty calories, which raise your blood sugar very quickly and leave you craving even more sugary snacks. Examples of high GI foods include potatoes, corn, carrots, Gatorade, bagels, white bread, corn flakes, ice cream, bananas and raisins. Try healthful snack suggestions such as those listed below. Reaching for snacks like these instead of empty calories is a good way to prevent health problems.
“An apple a day will keep the doctor away." Truthfully it takes more than just one daily apple to keep you fit, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Apples are tasty, easy to transport, low in calories and a great mouth freshener. Apples are also a great source of fiber, which helps control high cholesterol and regulate the digestive system. It is recommended you eat the apple with the skin to increase fiber content. Three servings of any fruit every day is a healthy way to keep your fiber level stable.
Half a PB&J Sandwich on Whole Grain Bread
Bring back those childhood memories with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As a kid, we probably ate a less healthy version of this, but as an adult we can enjoy the same taste without the extra carbohydrates and fat. To make this favorite a healthy snack, use one slice of whole grain bread, sugar free strawberry or grape spread and natural peanut butter. Whole grain bread contains more vitamins than white bread and will help slow down the effect of the carbohydrates on the blood sugar. This will help your body avoid an unusually high rush after the snack is eaten.
Nuts of Any Kind
Enjoy a small bowl of nuts while watching football. Although nuts are notorious for expanding your midsection because they are packed with calories, if you substitute them for other calories in your diet they are quite beneficial to your health. Nuts are rich in healthy fats and vitamin E. Eating a handful of peanuts, almonds, or cashews more than twice a week will help lower your risk of coronary artery disease, a disease which causes the blood vessels to narrow. Blocked vessels can lead to insufficient blood flow to the heart and, eventually, heart attack.
Homemade Trail Mix
A homemade trail mix of walnuts, mini chocolate chips, and raisins is a snack that's satisfying and healthy for a dieter if portion sizes are kept in check. Mix a palm full of walnuts with a pinch of chocolate chips and a pinch of raisins
Top 10 rules to follow for healthy snacking: