As you guys know how health-conscious I have been recently, I have been paying extra attention and caution to my food and drink intakes.
Many of you have approached me with questions on tips to lose weight.
Here are some of the snacks I would recommend that you guys to consider if you are looking for healthier alternatives, i.e. less fat, sodium, sugar, carbs…
You can never go wrong with fruits. Have them before your meal or 2 hrs after a meal would be ideal so that these simple sugars won’t turn into excess fat.
Can fruits make you fat since they are made of sugar?
Answer is, simple sugars are much easier to digest compared to complex sugars such as pasta.
Moreover, whether they result in an increase in fat % depends on few factors :
a. the amount consume – at the most, I would take 2 types of fruits for snacks. I doubt one can stuff so many fruits at one go or a day to result to the ‘fattening’ state.
b. whether you burn off these sugars which would convert to glucose for energy or stored as fats (excess). I would have a piece of banana before my evening run, say about 1.5h before, to fuel my energy and 1.5h to 2h is a good timing for digestion so you won’t get stitches or stomach cramps. It’s also 1 of runners’ top favourite energy food before their marathons 🙂
2. High fibre foods
Chew on veggie sticks or munch on a piece of bread that contains low-glycemic index.
Glycemic index (GI) is one of several metrics used to quantify short-term changes in blood glucose levels in humans following the ingestion of carbohydrate-containing foods.Glucose is the body’s source of energy; it is the fuel used by the brain, muscles, and other organs. Glucose is set at 100, and all foods are indexed against that number. Therefore, foods that are quickly digested have a high G.I., and foods that are digested more slowly have a lower G.I.
Simply put, choose food with low GI would allow you to feel fuller for a longer time as they are digested more slowly.
Wholemeal/multi-grain bread/Quaker oats (packet) or snacks like SoyJoy is good.
Further to point 2 above, salads make great snacks or meal replacements too! You need not only add veggies, you can play around with the ingredients yourself. I prefer preparing my own salads as I know what my own preferences are. Meat is not fattening if you eat them moderately and choose the right meat and parts to eat.
For salads, throw in strips/chunks of chicken breast or smoked salmon. I assure you they are very yummy! 🙂
I have mine with only lemon juice as dressing or no dressing at all.
Consider having packet of instant cereals that are yummy and yet contain little calories!
Either that, pack a box of cereals or museli (or muesli bar?). You can have them with or without milk.
Cereals/cornflakes can be said to be fattening due to high carbs and some contain sugar as well.
Choose wisely. I like plain cereals or either that those with dried fruits such as Banana Nut Crunch – that’s my all name favourite.
Of course comparing cereals and veggies, the latter is less fattening. But this is just my suggestion if you find salads boring or tasteless. At least cereals are less fattening that chocolate cakes and stuffs.
It’s not one of my favourite food but it’s definitely one of the healthy foods recommended to consume.
Get plain yoghurt and combine with your own choice of fruits. This is healthier and less fattening than those fruit yoghurt. You may also consider adding fruits to your plain cereals/oats 🙂
Drinking water alone will not keep you full for a long time and it’s a hassle to keep having to relieve yourself.
If your stomach is growling for hunger, listen to it. Listen to your body.
Feed it right and exercise.
You will lose weight gradually in no time.
I hope this helps you girls who are trying to lose some weight.
Disclaimer : I am not a nutritionist (although I’m very keen in studying that…) nor a personal fitness trainer nor a qualified doctor, but just a health-conscious person who have tried and tested the above as healthier alternatives. I’ve done some of the homework for you guys (out of my own interest) so I thought it would be good to share it on my blog 🙂
Thanks for reading and yay to healthier lifestyle! 🙂