Gold’s Gym Douglasville Offers Healthy Snacking Tips
Balanced nutrition and regular exercise at Gold’s Gym Douglasville are a winning combination for fitness and weight loss. We can help with both. As your source for health and wellness, personal trainers at our fitness center can suggest balanced nutrition – even snack ideas – perfect for any weight loss solution. To get you started, here are a few thoughts about healthy snacking.
Actually, snacking throughout the day isn’t a bad thing. Eating the right type of food every 3 to 4 hours is a great way to regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels — and keep you from feeling hungry. Healthy snacking also helps you escape those afternoon energy lags by keeping your body fueled with the proper nutrients. Just as important is the need to stay hydrated by drinking water. (Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice, or drop in a few berries to add some healthy interest to your water!)
If you’re in the habit of grabbing something to eat on a whim, it’s important to distinguish the difference between real hunger and emotional eating. Think about whether you’re reaching for that snack because you’re truly hungry – or if you’re trying to overcome feelings of sadness or anger.
Then, to fuel your body properly, get in the habit of eating high protein snacks throughout the day. Pack your own fresh food, if needed, and ditch the pre-packaged and processed snacks. Keep a stash of munchies at your desk or in your backpack, and do your best to avoid snacks with sugar or white flour content.
A few ideas for mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks include a handful of almonds, fresh fruit (try an apple with protein-packed fresh peanut butter), dark chocolate, non-fat Greek yogurt or non-fat cottage cheese with your own added fresh fruit, or hummus with carrot and celery sticks.
Even though you’ve made the switch to healthy snacks – with the exception of fruits and vegetables — watch your serving sizes. Even healthy munchies can still pack a punch in calories, so get in the habit of reading labels and apportioning about 150-200 calories per snack.
Now move on to the next step for healthy weight loss — add some aerobic exercise to your routine. Our gym offers numerous services to help rev your metabolism and burn calories – workouts such as cardio training or group fitness classes. (And don’t forget a healthy snack after your workout to replenish lost nutrients. A nibble high in carbs — such as a banana) or a smoothie are the best ideas.
Personal training is a great place to start your wellness journey. Our professional team will assess your fitness level, discuss your nutritional habits, help you identify goals and aim you in the right direction.