Before I started my fitbattle I typically had two meals per day:
- Coffee for breakfast
- Lunch (usually)
- Dinner (something that I could heat up in the microwave)
I didn’t eat an official snack, but I did snack. Snacking (on crap) was inevitable since I skipped breakfast and went 6-8 hours in between lunch and dinner.
You know what I’m talking about! The bagels someone brought into the office or even worse…donuts. Candy bars from the vending machine or something out of the kitchen that I could find (I worked in hotels forever so food was always available).
Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork. – English Proverb
Three significant changes I made when I started this journey were:
- Eating (really drinking) breakfast every day – smoothie style
- Eating a snack both in the morning and afternoon
- Keeping track of everything I ate
Adding breakfast was easy compared to adding snacks and workouts.
Many of the sources I checked for information on this subject agree that you can lose weight by making changes to your diet, no workouts required. There are too many health benefits from working out. So ask yourself now… are you ready to make a change that might just save your life? Are you ALL IN?
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. ~ La Rochefoucauld
Okay…back to snacks. Not every source I came across agrees that eating 5 or more times per day will help you lose weight. But everyone agrees that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume resulting in a calorie deficit.
Here’s why I think snacks rock:
- Prevents me from snacking on crap
- If my day is spinning out of control I always have snacks in my draw or fridge as a backup plan for lunch
- I have more energy throughout the day
- Helps me hit my daily protein goal
- Before snacks I was so hungry at lunch and dinner I’m sure I over ate
- I’m less hungry and therefore less irritable
- Almost 3 years and 40 lbs later…it worked for me
Need I say more?
I suggest a couple of snacks per day ranging from 100-250 calories each depending on your calorie goal.
Be sure to incorporate protein in your snacks. I strive for a minimum of 10 grams per snack. Protein helps you stay fuller longer and it is an essential fuel for your body.