Regular physical activity, as well as a balanced and well-planned diet, is the key to achieving the dream figure and getting rid of the excess weight. Perseverance in the face of everyday chores and associated stress can often be a challenge, especially in the face of obstacles lurking every day. One of them may be snacking. What are the causes? What can it lead to? Is it a bad thing and is it even worth fighting against? How not snack?
What is snacking?
There is no need to explain what snacking is. However, if you want to be sure, snacking is the consumption of various snacks between regular, full meals. Snacking can be recognized as a habit, the cause of which may vary. Among other things, it can result from boredom, from a poorly chosen diet, or as a way to improve our mood.
Snacking not only provides us with unnecessary, extra calories, but also disrupts the rhythm of our eating habits, and can also be harmful – depending on what we eat. In most cases, we choose snacks devoid of nutritional value, such as chips, candy bars, or sweets.
The dangers of snacking
The biggest threat that snacking can bring is, of course, being overweight or obese. By consuming different types of snacks, contrary to our daily needs, we provide our body with an excess of energy, which, if not consumed, leads to a regular increase in body weight.
People who are very physically active on a daily basis, who follow the rules of proper nutrition and, apart from main meals, allow themselves to consume additional but healthy snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, juices, or salads, are not so exposed to the risk of gaining uncontrolled weight gain. In their case, the only threat is excess energy intake, but with awareness and nutritional knowledge, they will know what to do not to gain weight, and healthy snacks will only provide them with calories, which they will quickly get rid of.
A more serious problem is snacking by overweight or obese people, because such people tend to reach for sweets and high-calorie products, which often leads to the yo-yo effect, gaining even more weight instead of losing it.
To fight against snacking, use the following rules
The key to success is proper motivation and vision of future benefits – because if you know the causes and consequences of snacking, you know that snacking itself is not a healthy habit and although it will provide short-term relief, in the long run, it can do more harm than good because it can lead to various digestive diseases. Thus, do not forget the old rule that “prevention is better than cure”.
Focus on your activities – because in most cases snacking is not something you think about, but it is something you do out of habit, e.g. sitting in front of the computer, TV, or during meetings with friends. The human brain will not notice the feeling of satiety if we eat snacks in a hurry or during other activities.
Remember about the regularity of meals – start the day with breakfast, end it with dinner, but remember that the evening meal should not be highly caloric. To do this, create a daily schedule in advance and set meal times, number of meals, and calories as conveniently as possible, making sure that meals are not spaced too far apart.
Include sport in your daily life – as much and as often as possible, because physical activity has a positive effect on our mood and condition, moreover, it also influences the work of our digestive system by improving metabolism. What’s more, physical activity, or rather its effects, can be a psychological factor, because the improvement of health, fitness, better figure will be something that is not worth losing for the sake of a few snacks.