There are mixed opinions about snacking. Some believe that it’s healthy, while others think it can harm you and make you gain weight.
Of course when we’re trying to loose weight we are trying to keep a check on our calorie intake so whatever we eat will add to our calorie intake for that day/week.
So I think it’s important we understand why we’re snacking and then decide whether this has become a habit over time, whether we are eating because we have a sugar dip leading to a craving. Or, are we snacking because our body truly needs more fuel to stay energised for the task ahead.
What I’m saying is that if you’re snacking in the day on sugary processed foods, these will no doubt be adding way too may calories to your day. Not only that, misleading your brain into thinking it’s hungry when in fact you it could be just a craving due to a rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows.
I believe we shouldn’t strip sugar form our diets as there’s a place for all foods. There are many foods ie fruits that contain natural sugars and that we need for essential vitamins and other health benefits.
So perhaps the way forward is to look at eating natural sugars as appose to refined sugars. Crowding sugar with healthy fats, protein and good carbs will help reduce the cravings and give your bodies the balance it needs to function
Here’s a few tips to help you cut back on the unhealthy snacks:
Take temptation out of reach and fill your cupboards with healthy clean foods. Don’t stockpile which is hard right now but …..
Ensure you’ve started your day with a hearty breakfast and not one full of sugar. Try rolled oats, eggs or other sources of protein. These will keep you fuller for longer
Plan your meals to ensure you are eating enough but include protein, good carbs and fats
Eat slowly and mindfully. Switch off when you eat and take your time. Your brain takes 20 mins to register it’s full and the chewing process helps break down the foods which in turn aids digestion.
Keep healthy snacks in the fridge such as chopped veg and humus or try drinking fruit teas if you fancy something sweet.
So next time you reach for the biscuit tin – STOP and think
Are you really hungry or are you craving.
I’ve really enjoyed this programme, having done the 4 week lift lean in Jan which was really quite strict with the food and intense with the daily workouts I’ve actually seen better results this time around.
I like having a choice of workouts as if I’m not keen on doing one 2/3 times through I just pick an alternative to make up the time. Like you Malinda I found it difficult to keep up with the workouts every day what with two young kids and work 4 days a week. I didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t do it this time though as I knew that if I got to class a couple of times a week and kept on top of the eating I could at the very least maintain the weight.
Hi Lindsay, the Elevate program has been a hit for me. I’ve enjoyed the different options each week. Wednesday nights class was a challenge but a good one. I also liked the daily choice of online exercises. Results for me were 3kg weight & 4.5 ins loss.
I’m ready for my trip to Australia to visit my son ✈️?❤️. Sorry but won’t be back to class till November ?. Thanks again Lindsay for your encouragement, endless energy & support xx
I lost 2lb in weight and 5.5 inches in total. I’m really pleased with the inch loss but was hoping for a few more pounds to have gone! However I’m pleased because it’s still a loss.
I had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies, so I’m high risk to develop type 2 at some point during the rest of my life. I’m not going to let this happen so Elevate/Lindsay has helped get my mindset on track for this. Having ‘wiggle room’ and not beating myself up about it is such a positive thing- allowing myself this has actually meant I’ve got back on track again much quicker than I would usually.
I love my fitness pal and will keep it up mon-fri, the daily coaching from Lindsay was invaluable and set me up for the day in the right mindset. I wasn’t fab at the daily workouts but did add more daily walks in, regular daily small changes is the way forward for me
Loved having a different theme each week too. The most challenging for me was to eat varied meals and to post in the group..
Thanks so much Lindsay, looking forward to the November Elevate
My measurements and weight stayed the same, however, overall I feel less bloated and more toned and my clothes feel looser.
I didn’t really want to lose too much weight, just tone up and I feel that I have achieved this. I also feel that my digestion problems are more under control now I eat cleaner and I think I have a better understanding on the food that triggers my ibs cramps.
I’m definitely more alert & my energy levels have improved. My sleep as also improved.
I found the daily coaching really useful. Maybe 7am is too early for some. It was okay for me as I’m at work by 7, but maybe 7.30am better. I definitely think mornings are better.
I’ve booked on the November course so my goal is to continue with food food protocol that works best for me, along with tracking my inch loss. I’ve decided not to track my weight as it’s left me really disappointed each week.
Thanks for your support Lindsay Williams
So excited as I approach the end of the programme. Have lost 4lbs and although I didn’t take accurate body measurements at any point during the programme, I know I have lost mass as I can now fit into clothing that I couldn’t before!
I’m feeling a lot fitter and more energetic and I am determined to keep up the regular exercise. Have also bought myself several keto recipe books to ensure I stay focused and motivated to keep going as I am loving the variety and naturalness of the food. Thanks Lindsay x
Lift Lean week 1 results. Weight: lost 2.2 kg 4.8 lbs. Mass: ? Lost total of 9cm 3.5” Happy with that. ?
Need to work a bit harder on home workouts! ?️♀️ But wanted to do this program for general well being! Getting back on track with healthy food, not over eating, drinking less alcohol, being more positive and ultimately getting fit.