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  • Bring a diabetic, I am very aware of keeping my blood sugar at an even level. Snacks are an integral part of my success. I check my blood sugar two hours after each meal, which is also the perfect interval to wait before snacking. I have an apple as an after breakfast snack, and an ounce of cheese as an after lunch snack. This keeps my appetite under control and has allowed me to lose 45 pounds since November. I have also lowered my a1c from 10.9 to 5.7, just .1 above "normal".
  • Bring a diabetic, I am very aware of keeping my blood sugar at an even level. Snacks ate an integral part of my success. I check my blood sugar two hours after each meal, which is also the perfect interval to wait before snacking. I have an apple as an after breakfast snack, and an ounce of cheese as an after lunch snack. This keeps my appetite under control and has allowed me to lose 45 pounds since November. I have also lowered my a1c from 10.9 to 5.7, just .1 above "normal".
  • Good suggestions--lately though I have not needed snacks
  • I far prefer to just eat proper sized meals and not graze all day long.
  • I divide breakfast and lunch into "snacks" I get up very early (4 a.m.) and eat breakfast per se with hubby between 7-9 (work day/weekend). So breakfast is fruit or yogurt. "snack" more traditional breakfast - one egg one piece of toast. Lunch soup or salad with nuts. snack: cheese OR a Slimfast high protein shake...Dinner pretty "normal" - herb tea after that until bed.
  • Snacking can be great for some people but i think if you really want to lose weight and get in tip top health then its very much about HOW you eat as well. Once i started taking the # 1 magnesium and taking the advice from dr. dean then i no longer needed to snack.
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  • I have to eat a snack before my daily walk. Usually 1/3 cup of cottage cheese with some sliced peaches.If I don't then I will snack on junk.
  • I have always been a snacker... ok a grazer. I could graze all day and still eat a huge lunch & dinner. That is why I got fat. When I started actually losing weight I planned my meals: I get 4 meals a day. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack. It is all planned and fits in my calorie goal for the day (1,500-1,800). My usual sweet snack is a small apple (55 calories), my salty snack is a 1 oz bag of mixed nuts (150 calories). Usually I get 2 apples a day, and 4 or 5 bags of nuts a week. If I do not snack I will overeat at meals, or binge. Find what works for you, and you will have better success. The 8 glasses of water help curb hunger as well.
  • My afternoon snack had become, for years, a grazing habit. No matter if I planned a healthy snack, it became a graze. It felt helpless. Finally I attacked it as the one thing I would focus on - no snack, or a healthy one if truly hungry. I made a chart of 42 days and checked off the days of no snack, and wrote in what I ate when I had a snack. After 14 days I felt I could eat something without it leading to a graze, and I did. After that, whenever I felt really hungry, I ate something, had a glass of water and quit. I am on day 40 and have not had a single graze! Now I don't even feel the pull to the kitchen and if I do get hungry, I get something to eat, have my water and that's that. It takes me at least 5 or 6 weeks to really break a habit. Now I truly feel as if I can have my snack without getting drawn into a graze and I'm not obsessing about food all the time.
  • Take only one serving and leave the container behind, preferably 'way behind. It is VERY easy to keep eating, especially when it's a salty snack with crunch.

    Also, depression eating is a thing; it's a subset of emotional eating. Snacking fits right there.

    I think the advice to turn snacks into "mini-meals" and eat less at the "Big Three" is metabolically and nutritionally sound. Before we settled into farming communities (and for a long time after) there was no set schedule for meals; that's comparatively new. The body has not yet evolved for three-squares-a-day; that's a cultural thing, not a natural way to eat. Granted our society doesn't leave much leeway there, but it can be done.
  • I only snack if I feel super hungry which isn't very often. Then I try a handful of sunflower seeds or nuts, a banana or a yogurt to take the edge off until mealtime. My low metabolism keeps me going.
  • Had some string cheese before my workout today, only because I felt hungry. I am trying to only eat when I'm actually hungry.
  • I have found that snacking does not support my body. Three meals a day with no snacking between meals or following dinner leaves me feeling at my best.
  • various meal replacement shakes have helped with feeling full and satisfied. I add soluble fiber to one each morning, and I'm not hungry. When I was trying to go without from breakfast to dinner, I found myself really overeating in the evening, so I'm a true believer in spacing meals or snacks throughout the day.
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    Good information. I stopped buying natural peanut butter because I spend too much time "Grazing" on it.

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