Let’s face it – there are a lot of fatties in modern America (I can say that since I used to be one of them! :-). Many of us have 20 pounds or even more to lose. We all believe that eating fewer calories will make us then so it’s not hard to understand the popularity of 100 calorie snacks. And yes, snacks under 100 calories can absolutely make a difference – if we will restrain ourselves and not use these hundred calorie snacks as the trigger for an eating binge. Here are a few examples:
✼ 1 cup of frozen grapes
✼ 1/2 cup of yogurt with stevia and flavoring like pumpkin or spices
✼ 1/2 banana
✼ 1 small apple
✼ 1 cup of berries with some low calorie topping
✼ 2 graham crackers with 1 teaspoon peanut butter
✼ 2 cups air popped pop corn
✼ 1/ cup black beans with 2 T salsa
✼ 1 stalk celery with 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
✼ approximately 8 nuts
It’s really hard not to feel deprived on a diet. That’s why the hundred calorie snacks are so popular. Many weight loss gurus recommend eating multiple times each day and a snack that is under 100 calories fits the bill. The idea is to eat all day long without gaining weight.
The problem is that starving ourselves really is counterproductive. After all, it isn’t just about being thin. Lots of people are thin and really look terrible. What we truly want is that toned, muscular, and healthy body that is so popular on TV and in the commercials. To do that we’re going to have to face up to the reality of … exercise! Lots of folks lose weight but still don’t have the great-looking body that they want.
In the past exercise routines focused on aerobics and jumping around. Fortunately, today we have lots of new choices. Ever since the exercise routines of the East have become more popular they have been wildly sought after in Western culture. These include such powerful exercise routines as yoga, Pilates and belly dancing. Heck, just walking will take off the pounds better than any hundred calorie snack ever could. Nike says, “just do it” and actually, they’re right. The good news is that all the exercise routines we just mentioned are not only good for you, they feel good. Your energy will increase your stamina will increase, and you will be glad of the activity. That may seem hard to believe when you’re a total couch potato [like I have been most of my life] but now I couldn’t do without my exercise.
Whether you need to lose just a few pounds or if you need to lose a lot of pounds, you will most likely need to step up your activity. Along with the activity goes sane and sensible is eating and snacks under 100 calories are definitely a part of this plan. Yes, your hundred calorie snack could be a small package of cookies but your body will love a piece of fruit even more.