January 21, 2013
Tip #3 Have Healthy Snacks Handy
Tips to unhealthy eaters: it’s simple… keep healthy snacks around you at all times, if you have that then you won’t have unhealthy options”
–Twitter post by Dolvett Quince, Biggest Loser Trainer
Now that we’re well into the season and mileage is increasing, you may find yourself getting hungry, sometimes known as “Rungry.” Having something to eat right after a workout can really help. However, you may find yourself craving a candy bar or potato chips mid-morning or mid-afternoon. This is normal, but continuing to indulge these hunger pains can add several pounds without satisfying the hunger!
Hunger is just your body saying that it needs something. The trouble is it doesn’t tell you what it needs. You might need carbs, fats, protein, fibre, protein, water, salts or other minerals or vitamins. The natural reaction is to satisfy yourself with carbs, but that might not be what your body needs.
If you have amazing willpower, you can ignore these hunger pains. However, eventually everyone breaks down and may grab whatever is closet or attack the nearest vending machine. My recommendation is that you plan ahead and have healthy snacks handy. Here are a few recommendations from Women’s Health Magazine:
- Granola Bars
- Frozen Grapes, Cherries, Peas or Corn
- Soy Chips
- Frozen Juice Bars
- Fibre cereal
The general idea is that just chewing may be enough to make your body think that it’s not hungry anymore.
Updated: Here’s a list of healthy snacks