5 Ways to Stop Snack­ing

These sim­ple strate­gies can help you curb crav­ings, re­duce snack­ing and keep the weight off

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Health -

DON'T IMPULSEBUY SNACKS

No stopping at the cake shop for a sug­ary pas­try. No sweets or choco­lates from the newsagent on the way to work. This type of com­pul­sive, un­healthy eat­ing causes much weight gain.

TURN TO SOUP FOR COM­FORT

When you crave com­fort food, heat up a large bowl of soup made with lots of veg­eta­bles and beans. It’s flavour­ful, hearty, high in nu­tri­tion and low in fat.

NIB­BLE ON SHELLED NUTS The ef­fort to crack the shells and ex­tract the nut with­out break­ing it is highly ther­a­peu­tic and dis­tract­ing. In ad­di­tion, nuts are very healthy snacks – in mod­er­a­tion. Choose wal­nuts, al­monds, pe­cans, Brazil nuts or hazel­nuts. Peanuts and pis­ta­chios are too quick to open so you can eas­ily overindulge.

TOSS OUT LOWNUTRITION SNACKS

Do an au­dit of your re­frig­er­a­tor and pantry and toss the ice cream, sweets, crisps, bis­cuits, cake and other salty or sug­ary snacks that you munch on be­tween meals. These are foods we eat com­pul­sively and that make us over­weight. Make a con­scious de­ci­sion to only eat these ‘some­time’ foods on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

BE A FUSSY EATER Par­ents com­plain about chil­dren who are fussy eaters – but you’re not a child, and you owe it to your­self to be par­tic­u­lar about what goes onto (and comes off) your plate. As a rule of thumb, if it doesn’t look good for you, don’t eat it. And take your time: there are am­ple stud­ies that as­so­ciate eat­ing quickly with weight gain.

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