Snacks are part of a healthy diet – if they are the right ones. However, you should avoid these six mistakes when losing weight.
If you want to get rid of fat deposits, you don’t have to do without snacks completely. Chocolate, biscuits, and fast food should remain an exception in a diet, that much is clear. But healthy and low-calorie snacks such as vegetable sticks, crispbread with dip or fruit are definitely allowed, as they provide a lot of nutrients and keep feelings of hunger at bay.
But, watch out: The following six typical mistakes when snacking should not happen to you, in the worst case you will even gain weight.
Complete meal instead of snack
A bowl of hummus or wholemeal bread will fill you up, no question about it. But that doesn’t mean you should eat a lot of it. You should also pay attention to the size and amount of calories of the snacks, otherwise the fat deposits will quickly land on your hips again.
Conventional commercial hummus, for example, contains around 166 calories per 100 grams, which means for those who want to lose weight: It doesn’t contain more than a small portion.
Sugar and processed foods
If you eat a snack that is high in sugar, your insulin and blood sugar levels rise. Fatal, because a high insulin level prevents fat burning and supports the storage of excess energy as adipose tissue.
In addition, foods made from a lot of sugar and white flour provide few nutrients and can even increase cravings.
Tip: Reach for snacks that are rich in fiber or protein, such as Harz cheese or a handful of nuts.
Too much of a good thing
Walnuts or almonds provide you with plenty of protein and healthy fats. But don’t be too quick to grab a large portion, because nuts are very high in calories.
Did you know that 100 grams of walnuts already contain 678 calories? Peanuts have 567 calories. You see: Even healthy snacks can make you fat in excess.
Too long meal breaks
You shouldn’t sit out your hunger for too long, otherwise, you might resort to high-energy snacks or fast food. To prevent this, you should snack plan ahead, for example with a diet plan.
Meal prep doesn’t just work for lunch or dinner!
Rewards for your exercise session
Do you reward yourself after a strenuous sport unit with a large portion of ice cream or a cream cake? Not a good idea. Many overestimate how high the energy requirement was during the workout and how many calories they burned. Logical consequence: You then indulge in too much. Even intensive cardio training cannot compensate for every diet sin.
Dry snacks such as crackers, wholemeal toast or unsweetened granola bars are quite healthy, but often have a high calorie content. Foods that contain a lot of water, such as watermelon, baby carrots or apples, are better for those who are hungry.