Super Slimming Snacks to Trigger Weight Loss
If you're trying to lose weight starving yourself, snacking slimmer may be your best bet. A couple of years ago most people had never heard of metabolic boosting, and I used to spend my time trying to convince people to stop overeating. Needless to say, most of us just like food way too much and have gotten into some not-so-slimming habits like eating what we want, when we want, and as much as we want, despite our health and weight loss goals.
The 3-hour rule still applies, no matter how healthy your snacks are, even if you're resting vegetables. Our body needs time to digest and assimilate whatever we eat. It's not only best for our weight loss, but it's also the healthiest way to eat and live (aka intermittent fasting, or a version of it).
Last month I was helping a new 20-something client who was getting ready for a big race (he is a race car driver) and also a pretty big role in an upcoming movie. (Sorry, he asked that I not share his name because he is a spokesperson for another nutrition product. Yes, sadly this is what this world has come down to—people will do anything for pay. Not me! I answer to a higher authority, and the guilt is just not worth it for me.) I thought you would appreciate this story and maybe you’ll even relate to it.
20-something client: “What can I eat? I'm starving 2-3 hours after I drink the shake (which I love by the way.. best I’ve ever had, and it doesn’t make my stomach hurt or my back break out).”
Me: "The fact that you're hungry 2-3 hours after is a great sign. It means your metabolism is working! It’s the desired effect, and all you have to do is not eat for those three hours. Your body will begin to burn off that stored fat, and you’ll feel energized. Your hunger will go away as your body is now beginning to burn stored fat."
(NOTE: Energy and being super-lean is critical for the camera these days as it adds 20+ pounds to the body. Plus, they want him so ripped you can see is abs when his driving suit is unzipped, which means he needs to push things a bit further than usual, so hunger is part of this equation. I always tell people, "If you're not hungry, your overeating or your metabolism is dead." The takeaway here is don't panic when you get hungry. It's good for your metabolism, jump-starts weight loss, and is one of the healthiest things you can do because it lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol, and lowers blood sugar. By losing weight, you remove lots of pain-causing pressure on your joints, so your whole body feels better.
If you're craving dramatic weight loss and you like to snack, there are some Super Slimming Snack Strategies you'll need to follow that can trigger weight loss. They aren’t at all what you might think. You won't find nuts on this list, or even fruit or yogurt. You’ll want to grab a pen and write these down.
Studies show that our body breaks down four lower-calorie snacks and burn significantly more fat and calories than we do eating two larger meals. Frequent mini-metabolic meals also keep blood sugar levels steady, boosting fat burning, which is the main goal, right?
You’ll feel less deprived eating every 3-4 hours (anyone can hold off that long), and you'll save money from emotional buying (that’s never good for weight loss). You'll end up eating around 800 calories less this way due to the lack of weighing food and poor food choices. This is extremely convenient, especially if your life is fast-paced and on-the-go often.
SLIMMING SNACK STRATEGY #1
Eat mini-metabolic boosting protein and fiber meals every three hours (but not sooner) and no skipping mini-metabolic meals either! If you're late, that’s okay, but do not skip!
An ideal metabolic meal plan looks like this: 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. — four mini meals eaten between 9 a.m. and no later than 6 p.m.
Eating on a metabolic meal schedule also keeps you from getting to “hangry,” so you have more control over what and how much you eat. That’s the best way to lose weight and burn fat.
SLIMMING SNACK STRATEGY #2
Aim for at least 10 grams of lean, metabolic boosting protein at each mini-meal along with five grams of prebiotic fiber. This combo is not only one of the healthiest things you can eat, but it's also the best for weight loss because it keeps you feeling fuller longer (up to six or more hours) and stabilizes blood sugar levels, helping to balance hormones, the secret to getting your body to burn off stubborn body fat.
Option 1: (1) Lean Bar
Option 2: A Complete Protein Shake and a Lean Bar for those "hangry" moments when you need a little more. This is what I have every day for breakfast at 10ish in the morning. I whip two scoops of Non-GMO Whey Vanilla Dream Protein in 1½ cups or less of very cold water and blend on low speed until it’s a thick, delicious froth. I then top my organic black coffee with it and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top and eat it with a spoon... it is soooooo decadent!
Of course, I need to chew, so I have a Chocolate Lean Bar (or whatever flavor is in my purse). I shut the door and enjoy every second. After all, suffering is optional—we do get to choose. I'm good for at least four hours after this and extremely satisfied with plenty of energy. My clients might even say I have too much energy ;)
Option 3: (2 scoops) Complete Protein and (½ cup) raspberries, or (1 small) green apple.
Option 4: (5) Celery stalks dipped in low-carb salsa.
Of course, you could eat (3 oz.) of white fish and sauerkraut, but seriously, how convenient is that? Do that for dinner when you have time, and people around you won't be offended by your breath.
SLIMMING SNACK STRATEGY #3
Drink half your body weight in ounces of unsweetened green tea or water (hot is better) every day.
The Lean Bars and Complete Protein Shakes are the staples of this plan for convenience. In my 29 years of experience, I've learned that having the right food like Lean Bars and Complete Protein Shakes on hand makes losing easier. Even if you were home all day, why you would want to spend your time cooking and cleaning? And, you’d most likely wind up short on protein and fiber. Using Lean Bars and Shakes makes tracking and getting the amounts your body needs easier and a lot more delicious.
LynFit Lean Bars and Shakes are soy and gluten-free, and 99 percent dairy-free, so even the most dairy-sensitive can drink or eat them with ease. Lean Bars and Shakes contain only high-quality, metabolic boosting protein from high-grade, microfiltered whey that contains the amino acids that are crucial to your metabolism that most of us with weight issues lack and don’t get enough of. Correcting these imbalances is the secret to lasting, healthy weight loss, even for the male 20-somethings. Why settle for less when you can have the best and double your weight loss? Even if your metabolic resistant, adding a whey protein supplement like Lean Bars or Complete Proteins help dieters over 50 lose twice as much weight than Keto and Paleo. Adding whey also makes your Mediterranean lifestyle metabolic, meaning more weight loss!
Buyer Beware: The only protein bar that this will work with is the LynFit Lean Bar. Don’t try this using one of those so-called healthy, store-bought protein bars, regardless of how great the marketing is on the label. The price alone is the giveaway. You can’t buy real good protein for less than $3.00.
Snack your way to massive weight loss and enhanced fat burning — you’ve just gotta eat the right kinds of food.
Oh... I'm sure you're wondering how the conversation with the 20-something went. Mr. 20-something woke up feeling less bloated and lighter and said he could see his abs. He said after one day of eating like this he could feel his metabolism kick into action and he noted that he spent less money at Starbucks drive-thru, so he had more time to take naps and brush up on his reading!
- Lisa Lynn