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Snacks are Key to Successful Weight Loss
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Many people think snacks are the first thing to cut out, when trying to lose weight. They're actually a very important part of a successful weight loss plan. Snacks between meals help to minimize hunger at mealtime so you won't overeat. In conjunction with a healthy eating plan, snacks can actually help boost metabolism and burn off more calories. The timing and consuming of those snacks is an important part of a successful weight loss plan.
What about snack bars? There is no doubt that they're convenient, portable and don't need refrigeration. I think some of them are ok as a back up ONLY. Please do not become reliant on these as a regular part of your diet. I can't stress enough the importance of the whole food snacks such as different combinations of lean turkey, fruit, yogurt, veggies, nuts, cheese stick etc.
As I wrote in the BL Complete Calorie Counter book, the ingredient list on a food label gives an awful lot of information. First of all, the more ingredients listed, the more processed it probably is, including added chemicals and preservatives. Additionally, the ingredients are listed in decreasing order of the amounts found in the product. That means if the first couple ingredients are sugar (such as corn syrup, fructose, etc) or fat, then those ingredients are present in the largest amounts and are a clue that you should leave that product on the store shelf.
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