You’ve probably been told to ditch the snacks if you want to get rid of unwanted belly flab. When it comes to weight loss, it usually boils down to eating less and exercising more. Restriction is good… snacking is bad.
However, snacking doesn’t have to be as bad as it is often made out to be. As a matter of fact, there are certain snacks that will actually help you lose fat.
Successfull weight loss is often more about making the right food choices than it is about eating less.
Some reasons not to stop snacking:
Provided you pick the right kinds of snacks, snacking between meals has some major benefits compared to not eating anything between meals.
Helps fuel your body between meals, keeping your metabolism boosted and optimizing fat loss.
Reduces hunger pangs and helps you feel full. This helps prevent overeating. Studies have shown that people are more likely to choose unhealthy, high-calorie foods when they are feeling hungry.
Gives you more oppertunities to supply your body with the nutrients it needs to
Here are some quick, healthy, single ingredient, ‘waist loving’ snacks that will not only stop your hunger pangs but also help you get a flatter stomach… as well as providing your body with all the nutrients it needs.
Eggs are probably one of the most weight-loss friendly foods you can eat. They are incredibly filling and can help you reduce the amount of calories you consume for many hours.
Eggs are a great source of protein. They are also incredibly nutrient dense and rich in antioxidants. Most of these are found in the yolk.
Nuts are a great choice for a quick, healthy snack. They contain the perfect balance of protein, fat and fiber. They are also very filling, which helps eliminate hunger pangs and prevents you from overeating.
Nuts are also a rich source of antioxidants and low in simple carbohydrates. Keep in mind, however, that nuts are incredibly energy dense. Just a small hand of nuts is all you need.
The best nuts to snack on if you want to lose weight are Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Brazil nuts and Pistachios.
Avocados are one of the most satiating as well as the most nutritious foods we know. Besides keeping you full they provide a ton of health benefits like lowering LDL cholestorol, protecting your skin from sun damage and improving the symptoms of arthritis.
One study shows that people who ate half an avocado with their lunch had a decreased desire to eat for up to five hours afterward.
Avocado’s also provide nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients essential for healthy weight management. This includes 14 grams of satiating fiber and 66% (60 micrograms) of your daily need for vitamin K (a nutrient that helps regulate sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity).
Red bell peppers
Red bell peppers are extremely rich in vitamin C as well as antioxidants like beta carotene, quercetin and capsaicin. A single red bell pepper contains more than 200% of the daily recommended vitamin C intake.
Besides being extremely nutritious, red bell peppers are also incredibly low in calories. One cup of them contains just 45 calories. This makes them a great choice for a fat burning snack.
TIP: try combining red bell peppers with avocado or gaucamole.
Beef sticks or jerky
Grass fed beef sticks or beef jerky are a great source of protein. Protein is an essential building block for your body. It helps maintain lean muscle mass, boosts your metabolism and helps keep you feeling full.
Beef sticks are also rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitmamin B.
Make sure you pick beef sticks made from high quality meat that don’t contain any added sugar or artificial nitrates/nitrites.
Edamame are young soybeans that are harvested before they have ripened or hardened. They are rich in kaempferol, an antioxidant which has been shown to cause weight loss as well as lower blood sugar.
Edamame is also rich in complete protein, vitamin C, calcium and other key nutrients.
Tuna is a great source of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids as well as iron and potassium. Research suggests that canned tuna may provide a wide range of health benefits, from improving blood vessel function to boosting weight loss.
Its high protein content makes tuna a great weight loss snack. Protein is hard to digest, and its high thermic effect means that your body burns more calories in breaking down protein than it does breaking down carbohydrates and fats.
This one may come as a surprise. However, popcorn is high in fiber, low in fat and actually contains some protein. It is also low in calories. One cup of air-popped popcorn contains just 31 calories. Just don’t douse it in butter, sugar or other weird ingredients.
Is popcorn a little to plain for your taste? Consider adding some cinnamon. Cinnamon doesn’t just add flavor… it’s has some amazing fat burning and health boosting properties of its very own.
Well, there you have it… 8 simple, single ingredient snacks that will help your weight loss efforts.
The key thing to take home is that snacking isn’t bad as long as you choose the right snacks. Staying away from processed, high calorie foods and opting for natural, whole, single ingredient foods instead is probably one of the best things you can do if you want to lose weight and keep it off.
The Fat Burning Kitchen
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