Are you a mindless snacker? Next time you reach for that packet of chips or start staring at the biscuit jar, take these four tips into consideration first...
1. Eat protein
Make sure you add more fat and protein to your main meals. These macronutrients will take longer to digest, which in turn will keep you feeling fuller for longer so you will feel less like snacking. Lean meats, eggs, tofu, legumes and beans are all great sources of protein. Another great way to curb snacking is to make a nutritious smoothie and add some protein powder. I personally like the options at Body Science because they are preservative free and formulated with athletes in mind.
2. Keep hydrated
Sometimes when you feel like a snack you are actually just thirsty! Before you reach for the cupboard, try sculling a glass of water and see how you feel. You should also aim to drink 3 liters a day + 1 litre per hour of exercise as this will definitely suffice your snacking habits.
A calm mind keeps you in control of your body. Sometimes when you snack you are just bored, overthinking or emotional. Next time you get in this state, take a few deep breaths, relax and try to calm yourself down before running to the fridge. Your body will thank you for it!
Studies have proven that when you sleep less and are chronically tired you eat more. That's why it's so important that you aim to get at least 6.5 hrs a night to cut snacking and overeating. You could also save on those extra coffees!