Great Snack Attack

30 Jun

A recent article from ABC News said that Americans are eating 570 calories more per day than they did in the 1970s. In order to lose a pound a week, you need to cut 500 calories per day from your daily intake. And now Americans are eating enough extra calories per day to gain a pound a week.

Although we are not known for our food in the sense that France and Italy are, America is a very food oriented place. Like the article says, we expect food at all events at all times. We can’t drive or sit at our desks without a snack.

When I was losing weight, it took me several months to break myself of the snacking habit. It was really hard to do. So it isn’t surprising that we are snacking ourselves to obesity. It is hard to wait several hours without eating, but putting it in the perspective of gaining one pound per week is scary.

Not all snacks are bad. Having some fruit, nuts or veggies is good and you should eat every four hours to maintain your blood sugar evenly. But chips, fries or donuts at the office are another story.

The way I cut snacking was gradually. I switched from high calorie snacks to the 100 calorie packs. Then I started cutting the frequency of when I had them, so it was a slow process where I didn’t starve. It’s a challenge but well worth the health benefits.

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