To Snack or Not To Snack?

What is a snack? I have no idea. Is a PB&J sandwich a snack? Are 3 Oreo cookies a snack? Is a slice a pizza a snack? If it is not, is half a slice a pizza a snack? It probably is because it contains about 150 calories. I found this chart of healthy snacks on the internet.

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Personally, I would never pick pickles as a snack. Eating pickles only, and by choice, is something you might do because your pregnant. I snack on almonds, yogurt, a piece of fruit, or crackers. Sometimes I will have a chicken salad sandwich as a snack, but half way through devouring it I wonder if it’s a meal more than a snack.

If you are trying to lose weight, in my opinion, your snacks should contain no more than 200 calories. Keep in mind that a snack still has calories. And in order to lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit through exercise and calorie reduction. Having snacks might create a challenge.

You should be able to go about 4 hours between meals. So if you eat something at 8 am, and you know you will eat again at 12 pm, tough it out. Make it to 12 pm without a snack. You won’t starve. Remember, you’re trying to lose weight. And don’t worry, that whole “If you cut your calories too much, or you go too long between meals, you will go into starvation mode” takes a whole lot of calorie cutting to accomplish.

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But if you do have lunch at 12 or 1 pm and you know you won’t eat again until 6 or 7 pm, you might want to have a snack handy so your blood sugar levels don’t plummet, and then you get home and eat like if you played in the Super-Bowl on Sunday, when you really just work behind a desk.

Please do not get offended, my hard-working desk workers. I’m just looking out for you. I believe people who sleep 7 to 8 hours a night, drive to work, sit behind a desk for another 8 hours, drive back home, and then deal with family commitments, children, and entertain themselves with television or some computer gadget until bedtime, five days a week, have a tough hill to climb when it comes to weight loss. That’s a whole lot of inactivity I just wrote about. And if you throw in some weekend social outings that revolve around food and drink, that’s a double whammy!

But this post is not about movement, it’s about food, and specifically snacks. If you can cut out 200 calories worth of snacks a day, that is 1000 calories a week (Monday-Friday). That is about 52,000 calories per year! 52k calories is about 14 pounds of fat, gained or lost, depending on if you increase or reduce your calories by 200 a day, five days a week. If you don’t get the point yet let me find a better way to describe how many calories 52,000 is. THAT’S A SHIT LOAD OF CALORIES! Excuse the curse, but I think it was necessary.

From now on, when you’re about to have a snack, ask yourself “Am I having this snack because I have to, or because it is available and convenient?” Also, try to figure out how many calories your snack has by reading the label, or going to one of those calorie counting websites, there’s a kazillion of them now, and inputting your snack of choice to find out its calorie content. By the way, kazillion is word, and so is bazillion. But Brazilian is a person from Brazil, and not a number. My favorite word that is a word, but is not a word, but kinda is, is Whatchamacallit. It has about 225 calories per bar. It’s almost low enough in calories to be a snack! You better not!

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Cutting back on snacks (excess calories) here and there, throughout the day, is the best and easiest thing you can do to aid weight loss. So next time you walk by that candy dish or candy machine at work, show some discipline and keep on walking. I know you have discipline. If you don’t believe me, write down all the things that you have accomplished in your life that required some form of discipline. You will be surprised at all the things you have accomplished that you forget to give yourself credit for.

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