The truth about snacking
Have you ever heard of the snacking advice between meals to be a good idea?
It does not automatically mean this is a good idea.
Whenever there is an extended time between meals, blood sugar drops,
which results in the feeling of:
- Being tired
- Can give you a headache
It is not rare these days to eat 5–6 smaller meals throughout the day to keep a certain balance.
Eating smaller and more frequent meals may be helpful for someone who wants to manage weight, has hypoglycemia or diabetes because of the blood sugar-stabilizing effect.
Recent research focusing on high-protein, low-carb and high-fiber snacks prove to be the best at achieving this goal.
Snacking may be the trick to control issues over portion control.
It will be easier to prevent being too hungry and helpful with mindful eating.
Eating mindfully becomes more natural when a little hungry instead of the times when blood sugar is crashing resulting in more significant hunger.
However, the snacking solution is not always a "must do to achieve a healthier eating lifestyle.
"To lose weight, you have to eat five/six small meals per day."
It does not work for everybody.
The science behind this theory is not adequately backed up, and there are many inconsistent results amongst the participants.
In Some cases, snacking may even have the opposite effect on the blood sugar.
The more you eat, the more the body has to deal with insulin and fluctuations in blood sugar, creating ups and downs on blood sugar. Making you ending up with various cravings, increased fat storage, and irritability. Calories should be monitored to avoid unpleasant results.
The answer to this to maintain healthy blood sugar levels is going for more balanced meals with adequate amounts of unprocessed carbohydrates, fats, fibers, and protein.
As soon as your meals become balanced and in line with your calories requirements, You are more likely not to need any snacks between meals.
This is what happens when correctly fueled and nourished.
You become in control of the foods, and not the other way around.
Bonus: When not snacking, your body has the necessary time to digest food better and make you feel hungry again. Feeling hungry is natural, it is your own body's signal that it is time to eat again.
The critical thing is not waiting for being too hungry. It may then be, the right time to snack.
How to figure out the right ways that work?
It is easy to find research to support both sides of this debate.
But snacking affects each one of us differently.
The desire and the effects of snacking depend on:
age and the emotional reasoning behind snacking and even whether or not you consider snacks to be mini-meals.
The crucial step towards a healthier lifestyle is to determine what works best for you.
Without paying attention to what the dieting world is saying.
If you want to know what works or not, experimenting is your answer.
Most of us have eaten the very same way for a long time,
One of the keys toward the healthy lifestyle is to listen to your body and observe how it reacts to different foods and eating patterns.
Snacking can be either helpful or hurtful.
It is a good strategy when used in a smart way when both quality and quantity is under control.
This strategy with consistent meals and snacks is better for people regarding weight management.
But at the end, the choice is always yours between snacking or not.
Goals, work schedules, food preferences and hormones levels, play roles in finding the right program that works for us.
That’s why snacking — or not snacking — is not a requirement for healthy eating or even weight loss.
It may be easier to keep your total caloric intake in check with zero snacking or preventing over-eating with a snack can be helpful.
When it comes to nutrition what works for one, does not necessarily works for someone else, and vice versa.