How many times have you heard that you should eat more meals throughout the day? Doesn’t make sense, does it? Well, let’s make it very clear here. It does help lose weight. All you need to know is the correct way of snacking!
Why eating more helps you lose weight and feel great
The mantra of “three meals a day” is so passe! Five is now the new three!
In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, eating two healthy snacks between meals helps you lose weight and feel great.
Snacks can help you with weight loss because eating frequently boosts your metabolism, allowing you burn more calories. Eating a yummy snack between main meals, also prevents you from being “starved”, so you don’t raid the fridge and binge on bad foods or overeat.
The rule of thumb is that you don’t want to go over 200 calories per snack, and you want to go for snacks that are high in bulk and low in calories-so you get full with less calories. Good choices are fruit and veggies, which are rich in nutrients and fiber and low in calories, but you can also satisfy your sweet tooth and have fun with your treats.
For an easy mid-morning snack, try
- An Idli and a sliced banana
- A small cup of Upma and a few grapes
- A cup of peanut poha and an apple
For an afternoon snack, try
- Ragi Dosa
- Chunky Vegetable Soup
- Boiled/Steamed Corn with lemon and masala
And for a late night treat, go for small portions of low calorie versions of popular desserts. Mithai made using dates, low calorie kheer, fruit custard etc. Losing weight never tasted so good!