Do you leave work or school so hungry that you decide to stop at the nearest fast food place to pick something up and later wish you didn’t? Do you find yourself hungry while grocery shopping and then go home with a few extra treats that, of course, can’t go to waste?
Planned and well balanced snacks are essential to a healthy diet. Why? Because they help to regulate your appetite, prevent ravenous appetites and put sweet cravings where they belong, which is out of sight, and out of mind. Regular eating throughout the day helps you to feel full and satisfied while giving your body a steady stream of energy. When your body is receiving adequate amounts of food at regular intervals, metabolism is boosted to match the amount of calories coming in.
If your goal is weight loss, this is a very important principle to understand. Because, if you are not eating enough, you metabolism will slow down to match the amount of calories coming in. At first, you may see some weight loss. But, your weight loss will halt and you will likely be left wondering “why in the world am I not losing any more weight even though I’m barely eating anything?”