Healthy Snacking to help ease Obesity

Weight loss is a big issue these days, with all manner of get-thin-quick diet strategies inundating the market in the form of infomercials, web sites and magazine ads. Most promise quick results, which everyone wants but don’t work, and in the end they don’t teach you how to achieve lasting results.  In the end, you end up frustrated and right back where you started.

That’s bad news because obesity – and its many related health problems – has reached epidemic proportions in America and elsewhere.

Regardless of the diet craze, effective, long-term weight loss and weight maintenance relies on a few simple principles, one of which, according to an increasing body of research, is healthy snacking. Yes, I said snacking. Think you need to starve yourself to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight? Too many people have that misconception despite increasing evidence to the contrary.

Case in point: According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, frequency of snacking was associated with weight in that normal-weight subjects consumed an average of 2.3 snacks a day and subjects who maintained their weight loss consumed 1.9 snacks a day, on average. By comparison, overweight study participants reported eating only 1.5 snacks per day.

Here are a few suggestions for a healthy snack:

  • Mozzarella stick and an apple
  • A handful of almonds
  • Celery w/ peanut butter or low fat cream cheese
  • Balance bar

The lesson? Eat good food often and your body will reward you for it! Talk to your certified personal trainer for more information on how you – and your entire family – can avoid the obesity epidemic and maximize your health and wellness.

 

For more information on healthy snacking, contact St. Louis Personal Trainer, Maurie Cofman, C.E.S.