Pick the right snack for weight loss

From al­monds to yo­ghurt — here’s how you can snack healthy to curb those mid-meal hunger pangs through the day, with­out pil­ing on the calo­ries

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT City | Lifestyle - Ishita Gupta

Do you ever just look into the mir­ror and the only thing you can see is that bulging belly? Or when you go out shop­ping and try on the usual size of jeans and re­alise they don’t fit any­more? It’s time to keep weight gain in check and de­code what might be lead­ing to it. Most of­ten than not, the food we take — the quan­tity and the calo­rie count — are to blame.

Ex­perts say that one way of keep­ing weight gain at bay is by snack­ing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, rather than hav­ing heavy meals. “Snack­ing can in­crease your meta­bolic rate and stim­u­late your body to burn more fat. But snack­ing does not have to mean high-fat, high-calo­rie foods that are fried. There are sev­eral healthy and tasty op­tions pos­si­ble,” says nu­tri­on­ist Kavita Dev­gan. She also ad­vises to keep the por­tion sizes in check to keep things un­der con­trol. “Learn to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween feast­ing and snack­ing. A big burger with fries is not a snack — it’s a meal. Snacks are meant to be small, but sat­is­fy­ing por­tions,” she adds.

A thumb of rule while snack­ing? “Al­ways snack to sat­isfy hunger, not bore­dom,” she says. Foods like dry fruits, low-fat yo­ghurt and co­conut wa­ter are ex­cel­lent to eat be­tween meals,” she sug­gests.

Ex­perts also add that what you don’t eat is more im­por­tant than what you do eat. One must know what to avoid while snack­ing. “It is very im­por­tant to list the snacks we want to con­sume. Al­monds, youghurt, fruit chaat are among the snacks that one should have,” says clin­i­cal nu­tri­tion­ist Lovneet Ba­tra.

If you think that skip­ping meals might be the an­swer to your weight woes, you need to think again. “One must not skip meals. Skip­ping meals leads to in­creased hunger, and to sa­ti­ate that, one would end up binge snack­ing, which will not help in the weight loss

SNACK­ING DOES NOT MEAN EAT­ING HIGH-FAT AND HIGH-CALO­RIE FOODS THAT ARE FRIED OR ARE EASY TO MAKE OR BUY

process,” says Ba­tra, adding, “Also, if you plan to stay awake at night af­ter din­ner, you must plan the kind of snack that you want to eat, else you might end up eat­ing food with too much calo­rie count.”

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