Three cheers for those who say snacking when dieting is actually good for weight loss. Every major weight loss plan includes some sort of low-fat or healthy snack to ease dieters through the long hours between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner and before bed. Snacking prevents most on weight loss plans from overeating at meal times.
Tips for Healthy Snacking
Snacking keeps dieters from feeling hungry between meals. But keep in mind that snacks high in protein last longer in the system and help weight loss participants stick to their plans. Today in America TV advises disregarding the naysayers who think that snacking at all should not be part of any weight loss plan. What do they know?
- Stick to snacks that are 150 calories per serving or less. Almost all food packaging lists the calories per serving on the package and lets us know how much is in one serving.
- Choose wetter snacks like fruits and vegetables which hold more water in them and have less calories. Dieters can eat more of them and feel satiated before the next meal comes around. Cheese and Greek yogurt are also good choices.
- Nuts are filling and pack protein but are often too high in calories. Have just a few if at work and need a quick pick me up.
- Juice it up. Juice is good for you and there are many kinds which have low sugar or no sugar.
Today in America TV on How to Get Off That Stubborn Plateau
Anyone who has gone on a weight loss plan can tell you how frustrating it is to hit a plateau and your weight not budge at all. Nothing seems to work for weeks at a time. Below are some tricks to try to get the scale back on its downward movement.
- Get more sleep. Sleep deprived people tend to eat more than those who get 8 to 9 hours of shut-eye. So hit the sack a little earlier.
- Change up exercises. This is common advice. If you walk, try running for a short interval. Also, pick up and use some light weights for a few weeks.
- Kick up metabolism. Drink juice since it has more nutrients which tend to fire up our metabolism.
- Look in the mirror. Our bodies change faster than the weight drops off. Do clothes fit better? Is anything looser than it was before? See? It is working. Be patient.
- Stay connected. Reach out to those who have lost a good deal of weight and find out what they did to get off that stubborn plateau.
- Drink more water. Water prevents dehydration, makes us feel fuller and flushes out toxins. As we eat less, we can get a little dizzy. Water staves that off.
Weight Loss Competitions
To put it nicely – money works. For those of us who do not like to compete, maybe we just need a monetary incentive? The news is full of stories about people who join local and workplace weight loss competitions and win cash prizes. But they work. Imagine being the weight loss winner at work for the week and taking home $100. Or maybe someone else went home with that $100? That is enough incentive for even the least competitive person to want to get in on the game. And also imagine what it would be like to have to pay a cash fine for gaining weight in that week or month. No one really wants to do that. We will work harder to lose weight if we know that there is money on the line.
People who reward themselves for not eating something bad on their diets by splurging do themselves no favors. Instead of having an ice cream sundae or a couple of glasses of beer as reward go buy something in a smaller size. The healthiest way to reward yourself is with something non-edible. We work hard to lose weight. Why mess it up?