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How to Stop Snacking Too Much

By Sara Butler

Snacking is an American pastime. In fact, some surveys have found that over 90 percent of Americans admit to snacking on a daily basis. As far as your health and wellness are concerned, snacking isn't necessarily bad for you. It's over-snacking that is a problem. Here are some tips to help you snack responsibly and keep those snacks from becoming the thing that's holding you back from your continued health and wellness.

When Snacks are Right

An ideal time for a healthy snack is to help you get through certain times of the day. That's because if you don't get enough calories during the day, then you may tend to eat more later. The trick is knowing the best time for a snack. How do you know when is the right time?

As a general rule, if it's going to be more than five hours between meals, then you might want to make sure you work a snack in to help curb hunger if a meal is not happening soon. Though it is important to only eat when you're hungry because snacking simply to snack is a recipe for overeating.

How to Control Snacking

The key to snacking right is to choose the right foods. Overall, protein paired with whole grains or some sort of fiber such as fruit can help to get you through. Some great snack ideas include:

  • Greek yogurt with berries
  • Whole-grain crackers with a hard-boiled egg
  • Trail mix
  • Apple slices with peanut butter
  • Hummus with carrots, celery, or peppers for dipping
  • Turkey and cheese roll-up

Once you figure out what to snack on, there are a few ways to control how much you snack. Tips to do this include:

  • Make a plan - You can control how large your snacks are by planning your snacks ahead of time and taking only one serving with you
  • Portion it - Speaking of one serving, make sure to become familiar with how much of different foods constitute only one serving. This helps to keep your calorie intake under control.
  • Don't go low-calorie - While you want to control your calories, you should avoid low-calorie snack options. Studies have shown that people tend to eat more of these types of snacks and it will only lead to eating more later.

Snacking can be a part of a healthy eating plan as long as you try to keep it under control. Hopefully, these snack tactics can help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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