They say life without chocolate isn’t worth living. We say you should never have to find out.
Diet is the most important factor in weight management, more important even than exercise. If you’re intent on shedding a few pounds in 2019, start by adjusting your diet. Base your daily intake around a healthy workout supplement and nutritious whole foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, unprocessed meats, whole grain pasta, and bread.
But what about those moments between meals where hunger flourishes and junk food seems irresistible? Here are a few tips to turn snacking into a nutritional exercise.
Chocolate is one of the oldest and most universally beloved treats on the planet. Unfortunately, most of the chocolate snacks available at your local convenience store are heavily processed and packed with preservatives and empty calories. These are a serious no-no if you want to lose weight.
If you can’t imagine life without chocolate, don’t fret – simply switch to something darker. Unlike your average chocolate bar, dark chocolate contains 65-to-85 percent cocoa solids and very little sugar. It also supplies fiber, antioxidants, and important dietary minerals like iron and vitamin B6.
It may not be a health food, but it’s healthier than a Snickers! Indulge sparingly and with a clean conscience.
According to Nielsen’s 2014 Global Survey of Snacking, potato chips are North America’s most popular snack. That’s bad news for the continent’s health: potato chips contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and are low in nutritional value.
Luckily, alternatives exist that provide the same crunch and hint of saltiness without negative health effects. Kale chips are in vogue and seaweed snacks have never been more popular. If you’d prefer something more traditional, consider baked sweet potato wedges, unsalted whole-wheat pretzels, or air-popped popcorn.
Soda has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity in countless studies, and fruit juice may be just as bad for you. That’s right, those boxes of orange juice your parents handed out contained roughly the same concentration of sugar as a can of root beer.
According to a study published in June 2014, soda has an average fructose concentration of 50 grams per liter; fruit juice is 45.5. The report found that Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice contained more sugar per liter than Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper, 7-Up and Arizona Iced Tea.
Next time you’re looking to quench a thirst, consider one of the countless healthy alternatives: a glass of water or milk, a workout supplement, tea or black coffee, or one of the many low-sugar lightly-flavored carbonated water products making inroads in the market.
PE Sport is committed to promoting healthy living in all its forms, from conscientious eating to intense interval training. Our aim is to get you one step closer to your healthy living goals with each workout supplement we produce.