Choosing wrong snacks is one of the most common mistakes that novice weight losers make. Wrong snacking not just puts an additional calorie load on your body but it also may prove to be bad for your health. Here is what you need to know about worst snacking choices.
Would you believe if I told you that a single snack decision of the day can affect your weekly diet plan? It is entirely in your hands to either choose to snack on foods that would compliment your diet or let unhealthy or contradictory snacking choices ruin your weekly diet chart.
Get rid of Peanuts, Diet Crackers and Cashews
Yes, please get rid of these foods if you are serious about losing weight. Peanuts carry a hell load of calories. Many professional people keep these snacks in their side draws. Imagine this, you start working and then you feel like munching something to just keep yourself productive. It is impossible to keep account of the number of peanuts and cashews that would go down your mouth in just a couple of minutes while you are working.
Most of the nutritionists discourage use of diet crackers because the complete list of condiments used to prepare these snacks often remains undisclosed. When we are considering healthy snacking, we are not only bothered about number of calories but also think about the quantity of sodium and sugar consumed per day. A packet of diet crackers, made from multi-grain flour, may offer you low calorie snacking option but at the cost of adding extra salt to your daily sodium consumption. You definitely don`t want to deal with water retention while trying so hard to lose weight now, do you? People who are fond of flavor of peanuts may be thinking about switching to unsalted peanuts but we would still recommend that you stay away from foods with such high calorific value.
Fruits can also be the Worst of Weight Loss Snacks
You may hear many say, “Fruits are always the best snacks and one may eat fruits at any time, and as much as one want to eat”- so wrong! True, fruits are awesome but when one is trying to lose weight then even some of the fruits need to be avoided. Grapes, dates and mangoes top this list.
Grapes look small but they are loaded with calories. A single grape has just 3 calories. Now, you may ask, if a single grape has just 3 calories then what is all the fuss about? Well, the reason is very simple. When you begin to snack on grapes you really can`t be done with just a few. 10 grapes have around 35 calories, and we usually end up eating 30 to 50 grapes at one time. This adds up to about additional 150 calories. While trying to lose weight every 100 calories consumed is critical. You need to make sure that you are consuming lesser number of calories and are burning more number of calories than what you consume.
Coming to dates…hold your breath…there are 23 calories in one single date fruit. Like grapes, we just can`t feel satisfied until we have munched down at least 10 of these chewy goodies. Tell me again, if you are eating calculated calories (2000, if you are an adult female, and 2500, if you are an adult male) then is it not important for you to watch your calorie intake strictly?
Depending on the type of mango you are eating, one small mango may bear 60 to 130 calories. Mangoes also qualify as the fat burning fruit and this often leads to overindulgence by weight loss aspirants. Using such fruits in your diet to lose weight fast is little tricky and so we strongly recommend that to lose the first 5 to 10 kilos you should play in safe waters.
A strict NO to Juices, Smoothies and Shakes
Believe it or not, but these beverages are loaded with calories which are easily absorbed by the body. Unless you are using these beverages as pre-workout meals on days you are doing full-on cardio, you must avoid the temptation. In summers we often end up drinking plenty of sugar concentrated juices to quench our thirst and remain hydrated. To avoid such a calorie overload, you can choose to drink honey based lemonade or a tetra pack of soya milk. These beverages are very hydrating and also low in cals.
Stay cautious about what you eat. Stay fit!