I’ve got tips to help end snackers remorse. Did you know after age 30, your metabolism slows by about 5% per decade. Let’s do a little math. Let’s say in your 20s you got to eat 2,500 calories and you never gained a pound. Fast forward a few decades. Hello 40s. In your 40s you'd have to cut out 125 to 175 fewer calories each day to keep the scale from inching upward. Fast forward to age 50 and you’ve got to hack off nearly 500 calories A DAY to maintain your weight.
Small choices have big consequences. This means your snack choices are important.
Let’s be realistic. We’re all busy. We don’t always have time to run home and bake some kale chips. Most days, we go for the path of least resistance. Ladies, the path of least resistance can mean extra pounds, less energy and snacking remorse.
I want to share some ways to end the snackers remorse. It’s as easy as heading to your CVS once a week to load up on healthy options and planning small ways to boost your metabolism.
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Tip #1: Workout Early
It’s so easy to say, I’ll do it later. I find that if I can even get a 20 minute workout in during the morning it helps pace the whole day. That early smart decision has a snowball effect. Today I did a short 30-minute yoga practice. But after that I ate a healthy breakfast and then got my day going. One small decision set me on a great path.
Tip #2 Hit Pause
My last tip is to teach your cravings who’s boss. When I want to munch, I take a minute to drink a glass of water (sometimes I am actually thirsty, not hungry).
Tip #3 Be Ready
Keep a secret stash of snacks. Shhh, don’t tell my kids, but I’ve usually got a nut bar in my bag. Before heading to volunteer today, I noshed on a Gold Emblem Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Bar. That was lunch today. Rather than a sugar-loaded candy bar or nutrient vacuous chips, I got a big whallop of protein without a ton of sugar.
Tip #4 Know Thy Weaknesses
Here’s the setting: I missed lunch today, when I got home it was time to prep dinner for the family. I admit it, I was getting “hangry” and was ready to dive into the salty snack section of our pantry. Instead, I took the edge off with a handful of CVS Gold Emblem Abound Raw Natural Almonds. I was able to stave off the munchies until after dinner. My cravings were curbed and I sat down and enjoyed a great meal with the family.
Join us on Thursday, 9/3/15, at 3 PM EST for our #CVSBacktoSchool Twitter chat! We’ll be sharing our top tips for curbing cravings and we can’t wait to hear yours too!
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Back to School Healthy Essentials campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.