4 Rules for fu­elling up

Snack smartly!

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1Know if you need a snack “Peo­ple think that they should eat five times a day, but it’s good to get hun­gry be­tween meals,” says di­eti­tian Stephanie Mid­dle­berg. If you don’t feel hun­gry or no­tice your en­ergy lev­els dip­ping, there’s no need to nib­ble.

2Time-man­age When you next feel a snack at­tack com­ing on, con­sider whether you’re hun­gry or anx­ious, lonely or tired, and how long it’s been since your last meal. “If it was an hour ago, there’s no way you’re hun­gry,” says Stephanie. If it’s been a cou­ple of hours, eat some­thing light.

3Per­fect the com­po­si­tion Di­eti­tian Rachel Beller’s snack rule: 732kj, at least 3g each of fi­bre and pro­tein, plus healthy fats to slow di­ges­tion. Try veg­gies and hum­mus, or Greek yo­ghurt, fruit and gra­nola.

4Don’t snack af­ter sup­per Most of what we eat late at night tends to be sug­ary, so stay out of the kitchen af­ter your last meal.

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