Friday, January 16, 2009


Are snacks ruining your diet?

Consuming extra calories between meals can wreak havoc on your waistline, especially if you’re snacking on fattening foods. My snack of choice used to be potato chips, and although I chose the baked ones over the fried, they still piled on the calories, quick. I’ve lost approximately ten pounds over the last year, just by simply changing my snacks.

Fruit, raw almonds, and high fiber granola bars are now my snacks of choice. Fruit is full of fiber, which can help you feel full, quick. Fruit is also great because it doesn’t contain many calories, and thanks to its fiber content, it moves through your digestive system more rapidly, therefore aiding the digestion process. Raw almonds, which are also a good source of fiber, contain a lot of protein and the kind of fat that’s actually good for you (monounsaturated fat that is). In addition, these nuts pack a lot of calcium and vitamin E, which if you’ve watched my video titled “Healthy Hair Tip: Eat Your Wheaties” (I included the video in yesterday’s blog post, so look for it in the archives under “Diet”), you’ll know that vitamin E actually promotes healthy hair and skin.

Snacking between meals is not a bad thing, for eating often actually helps speed up your metabolism. However, we do need to be conscious of what we’re eating, and how much, so that we can reach our weight loss goals. Take it from one snacker to another: You’ll see the weight fall off almost effortlessly if you simply change your snacking habits.

Until next time, stay blessed!

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