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LOVEMOUSE82 SparkPoints: (3,788)
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3/12/13 4:10 P

There is no reason to force yourself into the snacking lifestyle, especially if you aren't even hungry for a snack. There are certain reasons why I sometimes choose to have a snack but I don't do it every day, and it isn't something I feel I have to have a set schedule for. I'll snack on something healthy if I had a light lunch to get me through till dinner. I'll snack on something with lots of water, like fruit or a bit of healthy soup if I have a migraine onset (hydration helps migraines). And I'll also have a healthy snack if I just happen to be particularly hungry that day. But I always log it and adjust other meals accordingly. If its a pain to incorporate snacks, there is no reason to. Everyone's metabolism is different so some people can't stand to go too long without nutrition and others are ok with three set meals a day.

One more note- on the days that I do have a snack, you bet I'm hungry enough to warrant it because I too find it a pain to go back and adjust my nutrition tracker, and what I'm having for dinner later that evening - just another way the super awesome nutrition tracker forces you to be accountable!

3/12/13 4:09 P

If on most days, 3 meals work well for you then stick with this structure.

However, on days where meals get delayed and you find yourself overly hungry and just grabbing food---then a snack is necessary. Make a list of a few portable snacks to keep on hand. The snack should have no more than about 150 calories. Here are 3 ideas to get you started:
a carton of low fat, sugar free yogurt
a breakfast bar or meal replacement bar
a package of instant oatmeal

SP Dietitian Becky

IRISHFANUH87 Posts: 1,038
3/12/13 2:47 P

Whatever works for you is best. If you know that lunch or dinner is going to be late on a particular day and you think it would help, have a healthy snack an hour or two before. I personally eat 3 meals and 3 snacks in a day, because that is what works for me. I usually keep my meals around the 400 calorie range and my snacks are 100-200 calories. If I don't have something every 2-3 hours I will be ravenous at meal time.

SARAHMO4 Posts: 335
3/12/13 2:35 P

I am used to three meals. Being busier or changes to my day keep coming into play. I know when I need to leave if nothings changed, its when I do need to go early and finding something to eat on the way out or try and eat a little during the what I am doing if I get a chance. It might be easier to plan ahead for if I cant eat at home. There are plenty of places I could stop and eat, money for the food and how healthy it is are two issue, so bringing my own food is more convenient. I really do need to invest in a lunch bag, I have one though its not the greatest at keeping foods cold or warm. That along with healthy portable choices might be good too.

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3/12/13 2:35 P

I hate the snacking culture. I really do.

Its a massive reason people gain weight as we are so encouraged to never allow even a healthy hunger build.

If you don't want to snack... then don't. It won't hurt you, it clearly is stressing you in a way you do not need to be stressed already!

I enjoy eating full, healthy sized meals, not grazing on little bits all day, and it would sound like you are the same. I've done just fine and I'm sure you will as well!

Seriously, do not worry, plan your meals to be satisfying and good nutrition and forget about snacks unless something down the line changes and you need them.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/12/13 2:17 P

If you're used to 3 meals only, you're happier that way, and you're meeting your calorie goals, don't change it.

Snacking can be helpful to some. Eating three structured meals only is helpful to others.

Basically, carry on as you are, meet the calorie goals in your own way, and see if you get results you're happy with.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/12/13 1:23 P

I don't always snack. As long as i am getting the nutrients I need in for the day, i am fine. Sometimes I eat 5 times a day and sometimes just 3. I don't eat if I am not hungry. For me that is just asking for trouble. I stop when i am full.
At work, i always pack some snacks, but I don't necessarily eat them. My snacks are normally cut up veggies or a homemade snack bar. Occassionally a handful of nuts (but those are dangerous for me)
Do what works for you. You will find thousands of differing opinions but at the end of the day it is all up to you. As long as you are getting your nutrients in before bedtime, do it how it works best for you. I have seen people succeed on 3 meals a day and I have seen people succeed on 4 or 5 small meals a day. Only you know your routine and your hunger patterns.

SARAHMO4 Posts: 335
3/12/13 1:17 P

I am confused on what general guidelines are for snacks or to make what I eat into 5 meals instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I am one that has always ate 3 meals, nevr the two in between ones. Is their so many hours I should not go without eating? I dont know if I should eat a light snack if its been 2 or 3 hours since I last ate when I am not feeling hungry at that time. If I dont and things run past when i usuallly eat lunch at noon I can be more hungry than normal and not in the mood to cook, just grab something to get food in me. I guess its weird for me to eat a little bit when I am not hungry, its not what I am used to. I am thinking it might be helpful for if I get busy or cant eat lunch, dinner when I usually do so I am not overly hungry when I can eat and make smarter decisions overall. If I do decide to do this, there is a area for how to break down how many calories I should be eating overall and break that down into 5 for how many meals or snacks I would eat right? I guess its just new to me and I am confused.

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