Snacks can sometimes wreck our diets. This is due to the fact that we plan and focus on meals so much that the in between times when hunger strikes, we reach for a healthy snack, and little do you know…it may be sabotaging your efforts. Losing weight is all about learning proper portions, proper intake levels, reading labels, new recipes, new snacks…basically everything. Don’t get overwhelmed and do your best. We all make mistakes along the way, and often those mistakes are because we just don’t KNOW better.
Food marketers know that we identify with certain key words when it comes to weight loss, and by putting those words on their product, we’ll buy it. They make their billions from fooling well-intentioned people like you and I. So don’t be fooled by marketing, and instead, educate yourself on real health, real weight loss aids, and options, and you may find yourself reaching your goals faster! Let’s walk through some common popular “diet” snacks, and alternatives that you can swap out to keep yourself on track…
1. Flavored Yogurts
Yogurt is a popular diet choice for many. It’s a sweet snack, perfectly portioned, and easy to grab when you need a little sweet fix. Flavored yogurts, however, are full of artificial flavoring and sweeteners, or sugar. Many of them contain fruit puree instead of whole fruit, which strips it of its vitamin C and any actual benefits from real fruit.
As an alternative, try plain greek yogurt. It’s thicker and more filling, and it contains more than double the protein in one serving than the flavored yogurt varieties. All that protein will help tied you over until your next meal. You can easily fancy it up with some fresh fruit or honey. Since it’s unsweetened and unflavored, it also makes a great substitute sour cream or mayonnaise.