Snacks have become the forbidden temptation of those who follow a weight loss diet. However, if a series of guidelines are followed, they could even help you lose weight ...
Appetizers, sandwiches, tapas, sweets ... There is something infinitely satisfying in the snack between meals. However, unfortunately for most, indulging in these indulgences is the biggest contributor to weight gain. In fact, a study recently published in the journal Hepatology ensures that 27% of young people's intake is high in fat and sugar.
So that this does not happen, but also not do without the snacks that we like so much, there are a series of healthy tips that we can follow to snack with elegance and even lose weight:
1. Set a time: according to a study published in the Journal or the American Dietetic Association, the best option is to set the time for the snack, since in the afternoon, snacks were associated with a slightly higher intake of fiber, fruits and vegetables than during the morning.
2. Play with colors: It may seem silly, but researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University found that people who segment their lunch or snack by color eat half as much as those who opt for a snack of uniform color.
3. Protect proteins: in this way, it will be easier to burn fat and carbohydrates, while the satiating effect will be greater. A good alternative is Greek yogurt, which has the highest protein content and keeps us full for longer.
4. Use the “left-handed trick” (or the other way around if you're right-handed): a study in the Daily Bulletin of Personality and Social Psychology establishes that eating with your non-dominant hand makes you think about what you are doing and can help us to eat less.
5. Use small containers: deceiving the body through visual illusion can be a good option to force you to eat a smaller amount. Eating directly from the product bag or bowl should also be avoided.
6. Do not get carried away by "light": just because some snacks are marketed as "low fat" does not mean that they are good for our diet. In addition, the label can convince us in such a way that in the end we bite more between meals than if we choose a single product.
Normally, blood glucose levels increase after you eat a meal. When blood sugar rises, cells in the pancreas release insulin, causing the body to absorb glucose from the blood and lowering the blood sugar level to normal. When blood sugar drops too low, the level of insulin declines and other cells in the pancreas release glucagon, which causes the liver to turn stored glycogen back into glucose and release it into the blood.