The Importance of Snacking

The Importance of Snacking

My sisters did not believe me when I said I still eat crisps and biscuits when I was losing weight. I think if I don’t have a room for a snack or two, I am planning my meal wrong. Personally, I think snacking is just as important as the main meal itself.

When you are changing your eating behaviour, especially when you are trying to lose weight, you will be hungry. Of course you will, because you are practically eating less calories than what your body is spending. And it is no secret that hungry people can’t think for themselves…

You are not yourself when you’re hungry… remember that?

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It is true though. Your primal instinct is to satisfy that primal urge, by stuffing yourself with food. And that’s when you go over eating.

Some people would rather stay hungry so that they can eat bigger meal on meal time. I prefer having snacks in between. Popcorn is my favourite low calorie- high volume- fibre packed munch. It piles, and it satisfies me mentally because of the look of it. My other favourite, which I admit quite unpopular is celery sticks with low fat hummus.

By snacking in between meal, you are taking the edge off. It is going to help you to stop going for a full blown hungry mode, and hangry eating. 

In fact, snacking has been my lifeline since I’ve been back to work. I will give you a picture of how difficult it is to work in the kitchen and calorie counting at the same time. First of all, the work is very physical so you are going to spend a lot of energy there. That’s why you’re hungry. Nothing good came from hunger…

The next challenge is from your environment. Imagine you’re working hard and hungry, AND you are surrounded by food. Some of the guys are working in the open kitchen… well yea you cannot keep nibbling the trimmings while working, but pastry case trimmings had been my downfall in the past! You have all access to food, and your will power is the only thing that stands between those food and your mouth. And will power is weak when you are hungry… let me just put it out there. 

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How about the time you need to taste the food? A couple of times a day? You have the taste of goodness in your tongue, unleashing your appetite but… nope. You have to stop right there because after the eighth cube of butter, nobody’s going to bother counting calories on that beurre blanc anymore. 

Now, the situation will be different if I have a planned snacking. Have a couple of cereal bars on your pocket, for example. Have a quick much in between to stop you from feeling hungry, and you give enough push for your will power to block these temptations. 

I know it works differently for everyone. Some people would rather cut off snacking completely because they feel like it is a slippery slope to overeating, and that’s a very legit worry as well. Others just can’t be bothered to log every so often, so just stick with 3 – 4 times meal a day and that’s it so your calories will definitely be accounted for, and that’s also a legit reason. 

How about you? What do you think about having snacks between meal? What’s your go to snack? 

xx

7 thoughts on “The Importance of Snacking

  1. Hi again,
    nice post.

    My problem regarding snacking when hungry is….I cant stop before the entire bag is empty.

    PS. I sent you a message (you know), since I didn’t see the comment link on the top. I looked at the bottom.

    rgds
    Kai

    1. Hi 🙂
      Thank you for your time reading this.

      Yes, I understand that a lot of people have problem to stop snacking before it’s too late. I am one of them. However my stubbornness stop me from removing snacks from my life completely.
      Instead I plan my snacks. I go for smaller bags, for example. Rationing daily snacks also helped me not over eating choc-chips biscuits <3

  2. I don’t snack. I’ve no longer got a sugar-craving mind that demands I top it up on the regular, so I now only eat the meals I make a conscious effort to consume. Usually just 2 meals a day. 1 main consisting of a protein with either steamed veg or salad and a couple of pieces of cheese on the side. A smaller meal later on which is a protein shake, or a small can of tuna with a cherry tomato and a cheese straw. When getting into a lot of the back-reading around eating low-carb, it’s more to do with taking the body back to a state of being last experienced back in our stone age ancestors time. Snacking all day wasn’t a thing for them. Eating was protein heavy, with the foraging for leaves and berries a side-bar to rely upon when protein was in a time of scarcity. The more you snack throughout the day, the more you fire up your pancreas to demand that it produce insulin, which is not something many people ought to be doing when they’re trying to reclaim their natural state of insulin sensitivity. Every time you consume something, you also overwhelm your natural hormone levels such as ghrelin, leptin, HGO etc, which have to work overtime to try and recalibrate your state of homeostasis. It’s one of the reasons why OMAD and IF are not only really popular now, but work out as being very beneficial to those who want to keep their endocrine system in balance and not increase the levels of free-radicals being released into the system, as well as the increase in inflammation. Our bodies weren’t designed to graze freely and haven’t really evolved to cope with it as time has gone on. There’s actually nothing wrong with going a bit hungry for a while – real hunger that is though. Not the spikes in blood sugar that demand regular replenishment because of all the sugars being poured into our body.
    Never needing to snack is incredibly freeing.
    Not being consumed by a permanent fixation with food & where the next meal is coming from, has been a truly enlightening experience.
    There is absolutely no way that I’m going back to having my body completely at the mercy of some cravings when I’m in no way malnourished or in need of any extra sustenance.
    Bring on the butter!
    Sayonara to the sugar!
    Lol,
    Blue

    1. I’ve researched about IF and tried to do it for a week, but I kind of screwed it, I believe. Maybe I need to persevere a bit longer.
      My logic is that with IF, you would end up snacking less, and eating less anyway. So CICO would be much much easier.
      However, anyway I am still trying to see how calorie cycling would affect me, so probably I will try IF again after that. I just don’t want to skew the result lol.
      Thank you Blue

      Mel xx

      1. You’re totally right about not trying to do more than one thing at a time. I think a lot of people get overexcited when they start down a weight loss journey and want to start throwing all different kinds of methods at their plan to get thing to work faster – when in reality, our bodies can get really bloody confused and if we’re really unlucky will just start holding onto our fat stores until the weirdness abates. IF just ended up being something that I naturally ended up “doing” because of the lack of appetite. I think if I’d tried to employ it intentionally, it would have made things a lot more difficult for me – psychologically at least, if nothing else. x

        1. You have the keyword there, Blue… ‘faster’. That’s what most people want. Fast. But I on the other hand am in no rush, so I will take my time to see and give my body its chance to adjust accordingly. 😀

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