Is snacking bad for weight loss or controlling your blood sugar level? When we were little, we snacked a lot, when we grew up, to stay up late at night to finish our school assignments and extra points, we snacked to stay up all night. When we started to work, we continued that habit, and snacking has become part of our lives.
Over a course of time, those extra calories we munched on, added extra pounds leading to overweight and obesity. This has gone out of our hands during the pandemic.
If you are pre-diabetic or diabetic, and your medication does not cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), you can be more flexible about your meals and snacks. Snack after 3 to 4 hours after a meal, and you know your next meal will be a while before you can have them. This will give your body time to metabolize the food you have consumed & your blood sugar levels out.
- Snack if you are hungry for a quick boost of energy to get through part of the day before your next meal. If you are active, move more, or did not eat a good meal, go for a snack that is going to give you energy and nourish you – like fruit, a small handful of nuts, yogurt and berries, hummus and veggies, nut butter, a small serving of milk, or a small handful of legumes or chickpeas.
- Snacking is not going to help in losing weight by increasing your metabolism. It should be part of your meal plan.
- Don’t snack just because others are eating or you are feeling bored. Don’t fall for peer pressure or false hunger, seeing your peers or family snacking.
- Snack if you need energy after a hard workout. You don’t have to snack if it is a light workout.