There’s nothing wrong with eating when you’re hungry, but what happens when you find yourself munching on stuff though out the day for no good reason? We’ve all been there. Either you’re bored, feeling a little emotional, or you indulge simply because something tastes good and it’s right in front of you.
Most of us are all so busy and on the go that we rarely make time for balanced meals and instead substitute snacking and grazing as a way to keep our energies up. When snacking, we often don’t make the most optimal choices, because a lot the readily available snacking options are mostly comprised of sugar and simple carbohydrates that spike insulin, and typically leaving the body wanting more about an hour later.
With your health — and the welfare of your favorite skinny jeans — in mind. we’ve comprised a short list to help you check in with yourself, so snacking can become less of an unconscious act.
1) Eat balanced meals
Most frequent snackers are often depriving themselves in one way or another. Maybe it’s a silly diet, or the denial of a particular food group in efforts to “get in shape.” However, in short, it never works because the body rebels. We all need high quality protein, good fats, and carbohydrates in order to function, so make sure all three are present during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2) Eat when you’re hungry, and stop when you’re full (seriously!)
Believe it or not, listening to your body’s own hunger signals is not a common practice in our culture. Most of us seem to think we “know” what we should or shouldn’t eat, and avoid listening to our body because we assume that it’s some how going to betray us, when in fact the opposite is true. Hunger, real cravings, and signals of satiety all work together in the body to keep you healthy and illicit appropriate hormonal responses.
In Robin Woodall’s recent book, Weight-Loss Apocalypse, she discusses a helpful little tool called the hunger scale which helps you identify how hungry you may or may not be. The scale is set from 1-10, ranging from immediate hunger to comfortably full. When put into practice you might be surprised to discover just how often you were ignoring your body.
3) Stay hydrated
It’s no secret that water is vital for your health, but some of us can tend to forget. Your body needs water to flush out toxins form your organs, to carry nutrients to your cells, and to keep all your tissues like your skin soft and glowy. Up to 60% of your total body weight is water, so aim to drink the appropriate amount. The Institute of Medicine advises that women consume about nine cups of water a day, and men should consume about 13 cups daily. Again, this is only a guideline; always do what feels right for you.
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