Nutrition and Fitness with Randa

Mistake #2: 7 Mistakes People Make When Trying To Lose Weight

#2: Misjudging the Size of Snacks   

There’s nothing wrong with snacking, as long as you keep your snacks snack-sized.

In fact, eating 5-6 times a day is a sure-fire way to keep your blood sugar levels stabilized and cravings at bay. This is foundation for the meal plan I use with clients and a healthy habit that continues through weight loss into maintenance.

As registered dietician Keri Gans points out, some people turn snacks into a mini-meal by losing track of how much they’re eating. As a rule of thumb, snacks should be less than 200 calories.

Keep it balanced too. The best snacks are a combination of high-fiber carbs, protein and a small amount of healthy fat, for example, an apple with peanut butter or string cheese, or veggies and hummus. Plan balanced snacks ahead of time so you aren’t at the mercy of a vending machine or snacks in the office break room, or so you skip them all together!

Here are some 100 calorie healthy fueling (snack) ideas:

  • 3 oz. mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 3 celery sticks with 1/2 tsp natural peanut or almond butter
  • Yogurt with 1/4 cup berries
  • 1 square 70% or higher dark chocolate with 5 almonds


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