I don't like snacking as i actually like to feel hungry before I eat, and to feel satisfied when I finish. I find with snacking, I have to cut the rest of my portions down to a point where it's not enough, in order to stay within my allowance. Plus I don't get the satisfaction of enjoying feeding my hunger.
Everything doesn't work for everyone. But this method has been suggested to me by , my endocrinologist. To eat smaller meals and eat 5 to 6 meals a day.When my sugars ran high and I get it down where it should be, then I felt like I was starving, so I ate and ate and not what I should have. It is what you eat when you snack or eat . I still don't have the right balance yet but I know I will and water is just as important.I use to not ever had enough.
I only eat when I am hungry now, so I always have snacks on hand just in case I need it, but sometimes I don't. It's just better to be safe than sorry :)
12/29/2011 10:54:25 AM
Snacking is my saving grace. Before I discovered this as a way to keep my blood sugar even throughout the day, I tested 1 point below diabetic. With a strong family history of diabetes, this was my wake up call. As I researched, I found that well-planned snacks are crucial to controlling my blood sugar, along with exercise and generally healthy eating! And, no, eating more protein at meals did not work - I tried it. LOL
snacks are an important part of my eating plan. I am in the 1200-1550 calorie range and I eat 300 for breakfast, 300 for lunch, 300 for afternoon snack and 300-500 for dinner. I am RAVENOUS around 4 pm no matter what I eat for lunch so without that planned afternoon snack, I nibble on junk or get super crabby until dinner time. So I'm in the multiple mini meals camp and it works for me. I lost 40 pounds doing this and when I stopped, I gained 15 back over a year.
I've added more meals to my nutrition tracker: Pre Workout, Workout, Elevenses, PM Something and I have the usual Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack as well. This feels more accurate and honest to how I live. I feel healthier eating small several times a day rather than a few major times in a day.
I eat about 6 times a day. Call it a snack, meal, mini-meal... whatever! I am almost never hungry and it has helped me to keep calories in check and balance food intake and exercise output to a point where I am at an optimal burn rate. I was eating less often and the same amount of calories and at the wrong times in relationship to exercise previously. Put me on a 3 month plateau!!
I'm all about "mini-meals." I eat 4-6 meals a day, and I am never hungry and seldom "over-eat."
7/6/2011 9:29:15 AM
Unless you can hit the perfect b alance, snacking is diet suicide. The "snacks" referred to are miniscule amts of food, and only succeed in increasing the desire for food, OR they are significant, and A. increase the total calorie intake, or B. force one to reduce "real meals" to a couple dots on a plate in order to not gain weight. That's more of a challenge that a lot of us can manage. I tried snacking for a couple weeks, lost a couple pounds the first week and then plateaued, so it doesn't work for me. One piece of string cheese-like food product isn't worth it. I'm better off just skipping the morning snack. If I'm eating dinner late I'll have an apple mid-afternoon, but hey, that's a whole 60 C.
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