Snacking: Do you Really Need to When you Want to Lose Weight?

All people want to lose weight. That is a fact of life. But, not all people are alike. I mean, we have different body types; we have different ways of burning fat, and other factors pertaining to losing weight.

Today, we are going to discuss a particular topic that has been passed around by numerous diet plans. I am referring to the concept of snacking. Do you really need to eat snacks to lose weight?

Let’s delve into the topic a little further. The first thing about that is it depends on your diet. There are certain diet plans that encourage you to eat snacks throughout the day, and there are some diet plans that prohibit you from eating other than what is stated in the meal plan.

For example, the hcg diet requires you to eat only 500 calories per day. If you are so restricted like this one, chances are, you are not allowed to eat snacks.

But, if your diet is a little less restrictive, such as the “cheat day” diet, then snacking can be beneficial.

I mentioned before that not all people are alike. What I really mean by that is that our bodies react differently. Whether it is through exercise or just plain dieting, our bodies burn fat at a different pace than others.

Now, some diets do advocate including snacks in between your meals. In fact, some diet plans require you to eat 3 snacks along with 3 major meals during the day! Some dietitians advocate that by doing this, your body will not go into starvation mode, where metabolism can be hampered or slowed down.

But, with the Hcg diet, for example, people really do not have to worry about metabolism as the hCG hormone helps them lose weight, even though they are on a calorie-restricted diet.

The topic of snacking has actually been debated. Is it really important to eat throughout the day? It also depends on where you heard the information. If you hear from advocates, they will surely say that snacking is important, especially when you are trying to lose weight.

They would also say that, although it might be counter-intuitive, the body works just like that. Food acts as a fuel, and our bodies are like machines. If we do not supply our bodies with enough fuel, it will not jumpstart our weight-loss prowess.

If, on the other hand, you heard the advice from critics, they would highly advise you against it. For them, snacking will just inhibit your natural fat-burning rhythm because your body will not have enough time to digest all the foods throughout the day.

If you remember, digestion requires at least 4-6 hours before the food is fully digested and the nutrients are absorbed by the body. Snacking would just wreak havoc with the balance and destroy the natural rhythm.

So, do you really need snacking? For me personally, and as I’ve mentioned before, all of us are different. Try snacking first, and if it works for you and if you feel that you are losing more weight than not snacking at all, then go for it.

If you’re not losing as much weight as compared to not snacking, then do not eat snacks in between meals.

It all boils down to your preference and your body type. Just remember, take each side (the advocates and the critics) advice with a grain of salt. Just try what works best for you.

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