Tips on Snacking for Diet Success

AARP.com gives us some great tips on how to snack without overeating, because let’s face it, 97% of American adults snack between meals.

  1. Snack throughout the day—People who lose weight don’t wait until they are hungry or don’t skip meals. It is best to spread your calories throughout the day, so you won’t feel starved.
  2. Eat nuts!—Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks around with many benefits like vitamins and antioxidants. They don’t digest quickly and they help you feel full longer. It is proven that calories don’t go up higher, because you tend to eat fewer calories from other sources.
  3. Drink your food—Food that are bulked up by water fills you up with fewer calories. Maybe try using a broth-based vegetable soup as a snack. An advice would be making a large pot of broth filled with vegetables and pack it into single-serve containers. Freeze and label the containers and pull it out for a snack.
  4. Pay attention when eating—Focus on your snacks instead of mindless eating. By paying attention, you are more likely not to overeat because you aren’t distracted. Stop, and enjoy your snacks or else what’s the point?

Click here for more great tips—courtesy of AARP.com

 

What are some of your tips?

A bigger fork may help you eat less

Interesting! A new study came out where the results showed that people who eat with a bigger fork will tend to eat less. Business School researchers at the University of Utah performed an experiment at a local Italian restaurant. The researchers selected random tables to receive unusually large forks (20% larger than normal) or unusually small forks (20% smaller than normal) for their meals and then weighed each plate of food after they have finished their meal. After two days of their experiment, the results showed that the customers who were given bigger forks left more food on their plate. The reasoning behind the results was the smaller fork tends to provide less satisfaction where the customers feel that they are not making any progress in “making a dent” in their food.

Interestingly enough, the study also tested the effect of the fork size on those who were just “snacking” and not very hungry. They conducted this at the university and students were given pasta salad and the same kind of forks used in the Italian restaurant experiment. It turned out that the students who had the larger forks consumed more food! The researchers hypothesized that the students were taking a few bites out of habit rather then worrying about the portion of the dish.

Read original article here–from Times HealthLand

What do you think of the new study?