If you are on a diet or trying to loose weight, what do you snack on?

(28 Posts)
NoHank Tue 02-Oct-12 19:41:38

I am not following any particular diet but am trying to eat more healthily with the aim of loosing around a stone. The only problem is that now I have started to cut down, the only thing I can think about is food.

I find that evenings are the worst but not sure what the best things are (if anything!) to snack on. I don't particularly like fruit and find it a chore to eat. I prefer savoury to sweet but obviously shouldn't be making cheese on toast or having a couple of packet of crisps at 8pm!

So what foods are the best for those pesky hunger pangs - thanks

BikeRunSki Tue 02-Oct-12 19:45:02

Low fat yoghurt and fruit. And low fat Babybels.

I am in week 1 of Slimming World and I have never eaten so well or so much. It is very flexible, maybe join on line and give it a go. It basically gives a structure to what we know we should do anyway.

TheArmadillo Tue 02-Oct-12 19:55:43

I find protein based snacks best for staving off hunger
babybel light
boiled eggs
tinned tuna
cheese triangles (laughing cow style)
nuts (no more than 20g and unsalted)

Or 2 oatcakes with a small amount of peanut butter, cream cheese or something along those lines.

you could also eat raw veg - carrots, cucumber, pepper, spring onions with a small amount of dip.

NoHank Tue 02-Oct-12 20:34:34

Thanks! Babybels sound good. I love cheese, perhaps a little too much. Plus the oat cakes and toppings sound great. I take it you don't butter them too!

<adds all the above to next weeks shopping list>

TheArmadillo Tue 02-Oct-12 20:37:02

I don't add butter.

WillowFae Fri 12-Oct-12 13:33:22

I don't. Snacks lead to binges. So is is three meals a day for me and that's that.

Durab Fri 12-Oct-12 13:47:14

I was never really overweight, but I've lost 8lbs in the last 2 months after taking the decision not to eat refined sugar (to help with mood swings actually, not weightloss). I haven't been religious about it, I know all sorts of things contain too much sugar, but I don't have puddings, biscuits etc.

This makes a huge difference to the snacks you eat, as most of the things we habitually reach for are sugar laden. Now, I have what I want, might be low sugar breakfast cereals, a piece of cheese or (wholemeal) toast. But because these snacks don't have the binge effect that WillowFan refers to you do eat a lot less. e.g. once I've had one biscuit I'm likely to finish the pack, but one piece of cheese is usually enough.

I do exercise a lot though, so need to keep eating and snacks are definitely necessary for me if I'm to control those mood swings.

WillowFae Fri 12-Oct-12 14:46:02

Just goes to show that we are all different Durab. Cheese is my biggest binge food! I've had no cheese, crisps, white flour, sugar (within reason - as you say it is hidden in a lot of foods) since the end of April.

cece Fri 12-Oct-12 14:47:52

I don't snack if I'm on a diet but I do eat pretty big meals so tend not to get hungry between meals.

inkyfingers Sat 13-Oct-12 21:23:56

Agree with cece. Snacks are my big downfall, any kind of snack leads to another and then I've basically eaten my next meal calorie-wise. Stick to 3 meals a day and reasonable size, helps me know that food is off the scene for next few hours.

Lardbean Sat 13-Oct-12 21:27:58

Ham, biltong (not beef jerky), celery filled with extra light cream cheese

TalkinPeace2 Sat 13-Oct-12 22:09:55

Snacks were invented by the food industry to sell more food.
They are neither necessary nor good for you
slim people do not snack generally ....

mutny Sun 14-Oct-12 09:03:59

I eat 3 smallish meals a day and 2 snacks in between. i eat every 3 hours but not after my evening meal. My snacks are 2 cracker bread with homemade houmous or low fat cheese. Low fat yoghurt and fruit or just fruit.

I have given up things with high sugar. Chocolate, biscuits etc. It was hard at first but the cravings soon stopped.

I exercise 5 days a week for 2 hours a day. I am getting back in to long distance running so do lots of cardio plus weight training and kettle bells. So I do need to eat to Keely energy levels constant. Which eating every three hours does.

I have lost 4 stone since ds was born. He is 19 months. I lost alot at first then went off the boil for about 10 months. But I have lost 20lbs in the last 6 weeks so its working for me. I have another 3 to go.

SchmancyPants Sun 14-Oct-12 09:07:29

If you like Marmite, the packets of mini Marmite rice cakes are lovely.

BelinaTheChicken Sun 14-Oct-12 09:19:52

My best sweet snack is crackerbreads with a really thin layer of peanut butter (only needs a scrape), and sliced banana. Also the fruit crunch ryvita are good, and quite filling for only 54 cals.

Low fat houmous with crudites is good too

sassytheFIRST Sun 14-Oct-12 09:20:35

Baby bel = 50 cals

TalkinPeace2 Sun 14-Oct-12 15:31:59

Why do you need to "snack"
you eat supper.
stop eating at 8pm
you go to bed.
the body copes JUST FINE till you eat again in the morning.
so what is the difference between daytime in terms of not eating for a period of time.
this whole snack thing is a conspiracy by the food and diet industries (who often have the same shareholders) to KEEP YOU EATING.

Stop snacking.
Today.
Light breakfast
Light lunch
1000 calorie supper
= sensible diet

your body is DESIGNED to extract nutrients - give it the chance by making sure yur stomach is utterly empty at least once a day .

KnockKnockPenny Sun 14-Oct-12 17:49:40

Some people need to snack, I like to snack on slices of lean ham or cooked chicken, oatcakes, carrot sticks & hummus, 2 finger kitkat or sour cream pretzels.

TalkinPeace2 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:54:45

knock
why do you need to snack?
your body does not.
bodies cope just fine with 6 - 8 hour gaps between calorie inputs
so its in your mind not your metabolism.
why do you think you need to snack - after all, you do not get up at 3am to have a snack
so why do it during the day?

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 14-Oct-12 18:04:07

Van meulen Melba toasts come in packs of five for 2 weight watchers points

With half a pack of Philadelphia garlic and herbs light, 3 weight watchers points.

I look forward to that every night with a small glass of wine.

If you're not a snacker you haven't got used to it and that's fine but I'm 40 and I want to eat as close to the food I used to eat and still lose weight.

I like wine and cheese, it's one of the things that makes life fun smile

WillowFae Mon 15-Oct-12 11:03:45

LCFisTarkaDahl - I WAS a snacker - very much so. I am compulsive overeater in fact (notice I say that I AM, not WAS). With help and dealing with 'stuff' I am in recovery and one thing I DON'T do is snack. It is not easy but it is something that I have to do. I've lost 56.5lbs in the last 5.5 months.

LFCisTarkaDahl Mon 15-Oct-12 11:10:54

That's fantastic for you, really well done smile

fatlazymummy Mon 15-Oct-12 11:13:42

I like cottage cheese with sticks of red pepper and /or carrot.
I also like oatcakes with marmite or low fat houmous, as it gives me that savoury 'hit'.
My other snack is brazil nuts, I have 4 a day [for selenium] and I usually have them mid morning.

KateRuggles Thu 18-Oct-12 16:02:51

Radishes, button mushrooms, celery, apples, carrot sticks, Philadelphia light mini tubs, salt and vinegar rice cakes-I snack when I'm bored, so might as well use it to get more of my five a day in!

rowingboat Thu 18-Oct-12 18:59:19

Ideally stop eating after about 7 and switch to warm drinks like herbal tea or tea with a bit of milk, should help stop pangs. If you are feeling hungry at night and don't want to go to bed hungry i find a slice of ham, cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks and a cup of tea help. Low cal hot chocolate is quite good if you really want something sweet.
Things like oatcakes can be around 70 calories or more so it depends how many calories you have left over. Little crackers like ritz or cheese thins have fewer calories than oatcakes, you could have three or four to an oatcake.
Cereal with skimmed milk can keep you going, as long as it's not crunchy nut or chocolate filled!
I personally find that I tend to be hungrier in the morning, so eat bigger meals then and at lunch which means i eat less at dinner because i don't have many calories left.
Hope you find something that works for you!

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