For years, nutrition experts have been debating the best frequency of meals per day. They all agree on the one thing: eating lighter meals several times throughout the day is healthier than having two to three ample meals. A breakfast is mandatory as soon as you get out of bed, or within your first waking hour. But what about the next meal, and the one after that, and the one after that?
Read on to know how and when to snack to lead to a better slim figure.
Snacking Your Way to A Slim Figure: Why Eating Less and More Often Is Better
By establishing a diet regime that includes more frequent but smaller meals, you can lower cholesterol, lose weight, boost energy levels, speed up metabolism, and build muscles. Sounds nuts? Not really. It depends on what you take as part of your frequent meals.
Studies have shown that eating six mini meals a day can lower your cholesterol level by 5% compared to eating two large meals a day. Also, the risk of obesity is reduced, almost eliminated, with people who have a regular meal and snack pattern of 4 to 5 meals a day, while it is increased with people who eat three times a day. Physiology has an explanation for this. When your body is used to regularly getting food throughout the day, it will burn calories rather than store them as fat, because it knows that more food is on the way soon. Eating at regular intervals can stabilize your blood sugar levels. These are reasons enough to switch to a diet of three light meals and healthy snacks in between.
Snacking Your Way to A Slim Figure: Negative-calorie foods
A great option for your snacks are negative-calorie foods. These are mostly veggies and fruits that take more energy to digest than they provide – they are also very sparse in calories. This way, they burn more calories than you take in while eating them and consequently you lose weight. Not noticeably, you could not lose a visible amount of weight just by snacking, but if you snack, and you don’t gain weight, and you train your metabolism as you do it, you have already gone a significant distance down the path to weight-loss.
You can find extensive lists of negative-calorie foods online. Celery is a popular negative-calorie vegetable, as are other non-starchy vegetables. Eat plenty of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, broccoli, chili peppers, asparagus, arugula and all leafy greens. The fruit that falls into this category consists of grapefruit, watermelon, apples, and oranges. Broths, yogurt and lean meat are also a healthy choice to include in your snacks. Coffee lovers, rejoice! Black coffee is a negative-calorie drink. However, it is not a fulfilling breakfast.
Snacking Your Way to A Slim Figure: Healthy and Easy to Prepare Snacks
The first to come to our mind and the simplest one to make is a good old fruit salad. I wish there were fruit baskets like these in India, but the salads are still very easy to make; just cut and mix the fruit to your liking! This is supposed to be a healthy snack, so skip any sugar-based toppings. You can add spices, such as cinnamon, if you like the taste of it. Cinnamon speeds up circulation and will give you an additional energy boost.
You are craving for a sandwich? Why not make a fruit sandwich from sliced apples and peanut butter. Add raisins to the combination. Chips is bad for you, but spicy chickpeas reminiscent of chips are just as tasty and satisfying, yet far more healthy. Simply cook chickpeas, and flavor them with cayenne and chili powder for a kick.
Eating healthy is just a matter of routine. It is not a bit more complicated than ordering fast food, or making a calorie-abundant sandwich. Mixing Greek yogurt with muesli for a snack takes 5 minutes.
Driving to the nearest fast food restaurant takes at least 10. The impact on your health is incomparable. Do not be a slave to your habits.
How many meals do you have a day? Does your diet plan work for you?
This article is written by Kate Flannery of HighStyleLife and Published first on bareskinessentials.com