By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)
Provided by WorldNow
Week 39 Weigh In:
Change this week: -1 lbs
Change overall: -61.5 lbs
I feel like I've been losing and gaining the same 2-3 pounds for a while now. It's frustrating, but I'm trying to take it in stride and I'm hoping that my loss this week is the first of a streak!
A few months ago, I did a story on tips for great breakfasts to get your day going. Today, I'm going to focus on snacking.
I'm definitely a grazer and snacker, so I was pretty excited when I started trying to lose weight and learned that the prevailing opinion these days is that snacking is an important part of weight loss.
A Mayo Clinic article about snacks says that "mini meals several times a day can help manage hunger and reduce binging."
And according to the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, "snacks can help you meet healthful guidelines for grain, vegetable, fruit, calcium and protein intake... and promote good health and add pleasure to life."
When pondering snacks, Laura says that when she's not actively counting calories and dieting, she goes for long periods of time between eating. But, when she is counting and tracking her intake, she needs food approximately every three hours.
"In a perfect day, I get three snacks," she explains. "One between breakfast and lunch, one between lunch and dinner, and one after dinner."
Some of her favorites include:
Danny also had a couple of great suggestions:
At home: Egg whites in a cup. Take ½ cup of egg whites (I like Egg Beaters) and put them in a coffee mug spritzed with cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Add some spices (red pepper flakes, pepper, etc.) and then microwave with a little bit of low-fat cheese on top. The egg will have the consistency of what you get on an Egg McMuffin and, with the cheese on top, it's a satisfying, tasty low-calorie option.
At work: My favorite is celery with low-fat dressing. Celery combines the two things I'm usually looking for -- it fills my need for the action of eating and makes me feel full. It's a notoriously low-calorie option and can be incredibly satisfying.
As I look around my desk, I can see traces of some of my own favorite snacks:
Do you have some favorite snacks to recommend? Share them by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post some here.
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