One of the things I’ve found during my last two weight loss campaigns is that it was easier to lose weight if I ate more times during the day, but watched what I was eating.
Why is that? Well, skipping meals may slow your metabolism as will crash diets (anything less than 1500 calories per day). Your body will sense that you aren’t providing it with enough fuel and slow down to retain the stored energy it has (in other words — the fat you want to lose).
The other problem with skipping meals and eating less is that when you do deplete the energy you’ve taken in, you will crash and experience major hunger. That may lead to poor food choices.
What’s the answer and this Tuesday’s Tip? Those ubiquitous 100 calorie packs that are now available everywhere. The problem is finding the ones that are actually satisfying since there’s nothing worse than opening one of those bags and finding that there’s not enough there to satisfy a craving.
Which ones have I tried and found to be fairly good? Here’s a list of some of the better ones I’ve tried:
Entenmann’s Little Bites Cookies and Cream
Sunshine® Cheez-it® Right Bites
Oreo Thin Crisps
Nabisco Cheese Nips
Oreo Candy Bites
Is there anything bad about the 100 calorie packs? Price for starters. You’re going to pay more for the convenience. Also, as you can tell from my list, the snacks on my list aren’t all that nutritious — they are for satisfying your sweet tooth.
That also means they are probably high in carbs and may only provide a temporary sugar rush.
The good part about them, besides the taste, is the portion control. You know exactly how many calories you’re taking in without having to count or measure.
What other 100 calorie (or less) things can you eat that are probably better for you? Well here’s some of the things I also munch down on:
Cabot’s Reduced Fat Cheddars (which also come in pre-packaged slices)
Polly-O Skim Mozzarella and String Cheese
Low Fat/Fat Free Sugar Free Yogurt
Strawberries (10 large)
Blueberries (1 cup)
Jello Sugar-Free (one serving is only 10 calories!)
Not sure of the calories? Click here to use an easy Food Analyzer from Kraft. com.
Hope this Tuesday tip was helpful!
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