Weight loss shouldn’t mean being deprived. It should never involve walking around hungry all the time. You need to include snacking if you have those problems. That doesn’t mean you grab a quick snack from the vending machine, but instead, have healthy snacks available. A healthy snack will fill that void, make you feel less deprived and won’t leave you ravenous at the next meal.

If you’ve failed at shedding weight, snacking may be the key.

Keeping your energy level up when you start a program of healthy eating is important. You don’t want to slow your metabolism or have dips and peaks in your blood sugar levels that play havoc with both your body and your emotions. Planned snacks that are high in nutrition and lower in calories are specifically what you need. When you plan a snack that’s healthy and not a sugary treat, you’ll keep your blood sugar stable and avoid those issues.

You’re a unique individual, so snacking may not be for you.

If you don’t normally snack and aren’t ready to eat everything in sight before the next meal, you may not benefit from snacking. Why add another meal time when you don’t need it? However, if you sometimes gobble up those cookies a coworker brought to the office or a candy bar at the gas stations when you stop on the way home, plan healthy snacks as part of your program of healthy eating. Healthy snacks will help you lose weight by keeping you feeling satisfied. Plan healthy snacks that are between 100 and 200 calories. They should be easy to transport if you’re on the go.

Choose snacks you like but are lower in calories.

Go for nutrition when you’re choosing a snack. Snacks should add to your daily nutrition and fill in some of the gaps. A snack that has protein or healthy fat will keep you feeling fuller longer. Fruit, containing natural sugar will satisfy that hunger immediately. Choose ones that combine both. For instance, an apple with nut butter is one example. A handful of nuts with a few grapes is another option. You’ll feel full immediately and that feeling will last until your next meal, where you’ll eat less.

  • One extra tip that will fill you up without filling you out is to drink an 8-ounce glass of cold water a half hour before your next meal. Not only will it fill you up, if it’s cold, it will burn calories warming your body.
  • Don’t let your stomach decide the size of the snack, especially when you’re first starting a program of healthy eating. Create one serving size snack bags or containers if you’re unsure of portion control.
  • Avoid any processed sugar for a while, especially in snacks. Use fruit to provide the sweetness. At first you’ll crave sugar, it’s addictive. The longer you avoid it, the sweeter that fruit will taste.
  • If your last meal was more than a couple of hours before you workout—a fasted workout—eat a something within two hours afterward that contains protein and carbs. A snack could be an ideal solution if your next meal is more than two hours away.