How does snacking affect weight loss?

This is a recent question I answered on Dr. Oz’s Sharecare site that I wanted to share with you too. Snacking can be an effective way to lose weight when done right.  Eating 3 portioned meals and 2-3 healthy snacks every day has helped many of my clients lose weight. Eating first thing in the morning and then every 2-3 hours is an effective way to keep your metabolism going strong and to ensure that your energy levels remain constant throughout the day.

What Happens When You Skip a Meal or a Snack?

  1. Your body’s metabolism slows down to make the food/fuel you gave it hours ago last longer.
  2. Your blood sugar drops, leaving you feeling cranky and light headed.
  3. You overeat at the next meal, to make up for the dip in blood sugar.

Here are some delicious, healthy snacks to check out:

  1. An apple OR banana OR an orange OR whatever is in season
  2. Rice cake with almond butter or spreadable fruit
  3. 8 slices of carrot/celery and hummus