If you're like most of the population, (sn)accidents are a real thing and can be detrimental to our health and fitness goals. So we've put together 7 hacks to help stop the snacks.
1. Drink water
Did you know 37% of people mistake hunger for thirst? Before reaching for a snack, try pouring yourself a glass of water instead.
2. Add more protein to your meals
It's no secret that protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Try boosting your breakfast with extra protein like adding plant protein powder to your smoothie, oats, or cereal in the morning. If you really need something to tie you over in between meals throughout the day, having a plant protein shake or plant protein bar is a simple and healthy option to satisfy your hunger and get you through to your next meal.
3. Keep busy
If you find yourself opening the fridge because you're bored, find something to keep you busy. There's always a list of things that never seem to get done. Write these out and mark them off next time you catch yourself staring at the fridge.
4. Keep your kitchen clean
The easiest way to avoid eating junk food is not buying it! You can't eat it if it's not there. If you enjoy something sweet after a meal, try having a chocolate fudge protein treat or stir plant protein powder into coconut yoghurt for a mousse dessert that has no added sugars and is high in protein. You might find these help satisfy that sweet tooth without compromising your health.
5. Get more sleep
Ever wonder why sugary or starchy snacks seem to magnetize toward us when we're tired? When you don't get enough sleep, your body is looking for extra sources of energy to compensate. Try getting more sleep and see if your snacking subsides.
6. Look for patterns
Identifying your snacking patterns is the first step to overcoming them. Do you snack when you're watching t.v, are you hungry after a workout or while you're sitting at work? Beat the habit with our hacks above.
7. Seek professional advice
It's worth seeking professional advice from a dietitian to help assess what changes you can make that are best for you.