Tuesday, February 10, 2009

#2 Snack, Snack, snack

Now you have breakfast down pat its time to look at the rest of your day. We want to keep your metabolism at it peak, to keep you burning energy all day long and to be giving your body energy to burn on a regular basis. Leaving huge gaps between meals will encourage the storage of fat for the next time that you starve it - it doesn't know that you could head to the fridge at any point all it knows is how to survive and protect itself from starvation.

When you snack regularly you should also down size you meal portions also - you don't want to snack AND eat huge meals as this will just increase you overall calorie intake and excess will be stored as fat.

Now - lets keep it simple for the kids:
  • Eat every 2-3 hours
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner. An evening snack is also OK but keep it small and try to eat it at least 2-3 hours before bed.

  • Choose healthy snacks and carry them with you
As parents if you send your child off with healthy snacks for the day they are less likely to reach for fatty and sugary alternatives. This goes for yourself also - keep a healthy snack on hand in your bag, office desk or fridge.

Doesn't sound too hard does it? Remember 'Preparation is the Key' when it comes to healthy eating..

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