It is likely you’ve heard arguments on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to the concept of snacking. Some diets suggest no snacking between meals, while other diets encourage it. You may have heard that eating more frequently can boost up your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories. The truth is your metabolism may slow down if you have not eaten for two or three days, not two or three hours. The thing to note is that snacking is a personal, and optional choice. If you are hungry between meals, there are several healthy snack options. However, if you are not hungry between meals, there is no particular reason you need to have a snack every two to three hours.
For some, eating more frequently reduces uncomfortable feelings of hunger. If snacking is for you, make sure you are adjusting your other meals accordingly. If you have two snacks a day, your three main meals should be a bit smaller. The key to eating frequently is to keep each meal small. Keep in mind that snacking on marketed “snack” food can be dangerous. If you must go for pre-packaged snacks, be sure to take a look at the sodium levels. Vegetables are the healthiest snacks, so try to work those in. Consider celery and peanut butter, baby carrots and hummus, cucumber and lemon, or dried fruits and nuts. Portion control here is very important. For example, if you buy nuts in bulk, be sure to dish out a half cup (or whatever the recommended serving size is), instead of just picking straight from the container.
Snacking does not have to be a pitfall in your weight loss management. Make sure to snack well, consume small portions that hold you over till mealtime and also make you feel better.