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Snacking smart

 | July 22, 2012

Turning an unhealthy habit healthy.

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We’ve all been there. Sitting in front of the TV with your favourite soap (or sports) on and before you know it, the whole jar of that spicy maruku has disappeared.

Snacking is one of those things that we are all guilty of.

There’s really nothing wrong with it. In fact, truth be told, snacking can actually help in your goal to lose weight as it prevents you from binge or over eating afterwards.

So stop feeling guilty and turn that habit into a positive one.

Learn to snack smart and find the pleasure in nibbling at odd hours without the guilt.

Eat fat, but the ‘good’ ones: As bizarre as this may sound, your body cannot live without fat. It needs fat to give you energy so you can function properly. But don’t just settle for any fat. Choose food high in unsaturated fats, such as avocado and natural peanut butter (pure peanut butter that only lists ‘peanut’ as its ingredient, such as Adam’s). Eating avocados, for example, triggers production of a compound in your intestines that help curb your hunger. So eat up, but do so in moderation.

Get nutty: Treat your self to some almonds. Full of fibre and unsaturated fat, a recent study suggested a handful of almonds daily for six months can help downsize your waistline by 14 percent! So start nibbling!

Grab a grapefruit: Ever heard of the grapefruit diet? Well, there’s some truth in that after all. Studies show that those who accompany their regular meals with half a grapefruit lost 1.5 kg in just three months. That’s because the fruit lowers your insulin levels which in turn, curbs your appetite. If you can’t stomach the fruit, juice it instead and drink up.

Think blue: As in blueberries. Eating them can help suppress your hunger as it impacts the genes that control fat-burning and storage. Study subjects that were asked to consume a cup of blueberries every day for three months reportedly lost 3 percent of their body fat. If fresh blueberries are not available, frozen ones work well too , just as long as they do not have added sugar. So nibble away to a flatter belly.


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