Weight-loss tips: 10 ways to stop snacking

Here are easy ways to stop snacking and boost weight loss.

5 tips to stop your snacking
Even the healthiest menu plan can get tossed out the window when stress, boredom or a well-stocked vending machine enters the picture, and making the wrong choices for your midday munchies will end up costing you on the scale. Here are 10 easy tips to help kick your bad snacking habits to the curb, once and for all.

1. Ask yourself the five Ws

What is your favourite snack? When and where do you do most of your snacking? Who are you snacking with and why are you usually doing it? Identifying your temptation scenarios is the best way to avoid them.

2. Be prepared
"I keep healthy snacks everywhere … at my desk, in the car, in my purse and at home," says Donna Bottrell, R.D. Minimize your chances of reaching for your usual fatty, salty or sweet fix by keeping healthier alternatives at your fingertips.

3. Don't skip meals
There is a good chance that you're snacking because you're hungry. Trying to cut calories early in the day (like by skipping breakfast, for example) will cost you dearly later in the afternoon when you're ravenous and come across a cheese platter.

4. Pay attention

If you often find yourself staring down an empty bag of chips with only a vague recollection of actually eating them, chances are you're a mindless snacker. Typical crime scenes include office desks and television-adjacent seating; victims often suffer from unexpected weight gain. Avoid keeping food in situations where you are likely to graze, and when you are eating make sure to give it your undivided attention.

5. Plan accordingly
"If you go six or seven hours without eating, your blood sugar levels will be all over the place, leaving you weak, tired and unable to concentrate," Bottrell says. "You want to plan healthy snacks to cover you during those gaps." If you know your day will be filled with long stretches between meals, or if you have lots of physical activity planned, you need to keep yourself fuelled.

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