Are You a Smart Snacker?

A study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that 97% of women snack between meals. The study also found that while so many women are snacking, many of these women are less likely to be overweight if they’re snacking on the right foods and for the right reasons.

Snacking can be a great way to stay fueled and focused throughout the day. It can be an effective strategy to prevent mood and energy dips, and prevent becoming overly hungry… which can also prevent overeating later on. It can be a great way to keep your blood sugar level stable and keep you on track with a healthy weight loss and lifestyle plan.

While snacking can be a great option for many women, it can be a source of needless extra calories and weight gain for others. How can you become a “smart snacker?” It starts by identifying why you’re snacking along with taking a look at what types of foods you’re snacking on.

First, let’s take a look at why you’re snacking. To find out, ask yourself what’s motivating the snack? Is it driven by hunger – a physiological need to eat when your body is telling you that you need food? Continue reading “Are You a Smart Snacker?”

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