If you plan on sticking to your diet and achieving a lean, aesthetic, impressive physique, there are a few things you’re going to need to understand about snacking and the impact it could be having on your progress, or lack there of. I’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of clients looking to accomplish a wide variety of goals, and can confidently say there are just a handful of mistakes people make that lead to snacking or overeating in such a way that cause their results to be slowed, hindered, or destroyed all together.
What are those mistakes you may ask? Continue reading to find out!
1. You’re actually thirsty but your body is unable to differentiate between thirst and hunger cravings.
Drinking more water on a daily basis will not only result in your body retaining less water, (weight) but will also prevent over eating. You probably heard this before but have neglected to follow through and try it for yourself. TRY IT! Thank me later.
2. You snack mindlessly on “health foods”.
In theory, if you are on a structured meal plan and eating consistently throughout the day, you really should not have to snack. Of course there will be times where there are exceptions to this rule, but you have to remember your body is not able to differentiate between “healthy” calories and “unhealthy” calories. If you are taking in more calories then your body is able to burn, you will never lose weight, regardless of how clean and nutritious the food you’re eating.
3. You’re actually just bored
The human body can go 21 days without actual food so surely you can make it a few hours in between meals. Mahatma Gandhi once proved this. Stay active and productive. Eating should not be treated as a hobby and you’re doing so to reach your goals and better your life, not just pass the time.
4. You could be genuinely hungry as a result of skipping meals, or not properly planning your eating times
Life will happen. Plan accordingly. A very simple guideline to follow is to eat your breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and eat a meal or healthy snack every 3-4 hours after that, and of course plenty of water in between. **** Set alarms on your phone to alert you to eat every 3-4 hours. The last thing we want is for you to get so busy that you forget to eat for 21 days.
5. You’re not getting enough protein
If you are weight training in any capacity you mandatorily need to supplement with protein. Your body continues burning calories long after the duration of your workout so incorporating a post workout whey protein shake, or Clean Cheatz protein bar will not only help your body recover and build muscle more efficiently, but will keep your appetite in check as well.
6. You don’t consume enough fats
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; fats do not make you fat. In fact, the opposite is true. If you’re not taking in enough healthy fats on a daily basis, not only will your body do it’s best to hold onto all it’s stubborn fat, but the probability of over eating at some point of the day is also increased exponentially.
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