Grazing and Snacking Differences
Pre-weight loss surgery eating habits will result in weight regain. The poor habits that caused your obesity are the same ones that will collapse your weight loss triumph. Grazing is one of those faulty habits. Read: Stop Grazing After Bariatric Surgery
Healthy snacking is beneficial. It is a planned part of your bariatric diet. Eating healthy snacks between meals can reduce your intake of calories by diminishing your appetite at meal time. Healthy snacks include fruit or vegetables with lean protein.
Poor eating habits can resurface at any time. Self-monitoring and discipline need to be constant after bariatric surgery to protect all that you have accomplished.
Snacking is a plan for which healthy foods to eat between meals while grazing is mindless, daylong feeding. Snack choices are made with consideration to nutrition and calories. Grazing is constant eating that never completely satisfies hunger. Healthy snacks fuel the body and boost energy. Grazing seldom has nutritional benefits and sabotages gastric bypass because too many empty calories are consumed.
Wise Snack Choices
If you select your snacks carefully, you will avoid unhealthy eating and weight gain. Smart snacks are high in protein, low in sugar and carbohydrates, and unprocessed. Foods that are rich in calcium, vitamins, and minerals are also recommended. Some good choices are protein bars and protein shakes, leftover turkey or chicken, shrimp or tuna salad mixed with plain Greek yogurt, fresh berries, and hard-boiled eggs. Read: Workout Snacks That Cause Weight Gain
Some Tips to Avoid Grazing
Poor eating habits can resurface at any time. Self-monitoring and discipline need to be constant after bariatric surgery to protect all that you have accomplished. Read: Bariatric Eating Getting Back on Track
Here are some good practices: When snacking, fill your plate and eat only what is on it and no more. Snack without distractions and give full attention to eating (mindful eating). One serving is sufficient; do not immediately return to the kitchen for a second helping. Practice moderation.
Finally, plan your snacks as you would a meal. Mindful eating is a great pre-intervention.
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