The Fitness Institute’s Personal Training and Obesity Expert Robert Reames provides some helpful pointers for snacking to increase your metabolism.
Certified nutritionist, author of Make Over Your Metabolism, and member of the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute, Robert Reames provides helpful pointers on how to snack healthy and effectively to increase your metabolic rate. According to Reames, the main rule of thumb is to snack on foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. “Avoid eating refined sugars and overly processed foods and focus on choosing more fruits and vegetables,” advises Reames.
One of the major keys in successful snacking is to balance blood sugar and avoid cravings. “Protein plus fiber equals hunger suppressor,” comments Reames. Many processed and refined foods will tend to “drive” hunger and spike insulin, causing cravings and encouraging excessive consumption.
Reames recommends eating one, if not two, small snacks per day between meals, especially if you are exercising regularly. Below, Reames offers some great healthy summer snacking options:
- Whey protein shake made with nonfat milk and high fiber fruit mixed with a few tablespoons of flax meal
- Almonds and an apple or another high fiber fruit
- Chopped tuna in nonfat mayonnaise and spices with tomato slices
- Handful of sunflower seeds with fresh fruit
- A half cup of beans or legumes spiced with fresh herbs with some vegetable sticks
- Celery, cucumber or other non-starchy vegetables with hummus