Want to know the easiest healthy weight loss snacks to help you lose weight at work?
Just hearing the word ‘diet’ is enough to send most people into food- hording mode, but diets really aren’t the dirty word they can sometimes seem.
In fact, the word ‘diet’ simply means the foods that you eat every day.
Going on a diet is really a misnomer, since whatever you eat on any given day is your diet.
However, sometimes people change their diet, or what they eat, in order to lose weight, get healthier, or to improve some type of medical condition.
These types of diets are considered specialty diets, and each will have its own set of positive points and bonuses.
In this article we are going to take a look at the healthiest snacking ideas that you can use every day at work to help you lose weight fast.
Is There A Best Weight Loss Diet?
When you are dieting with the goal to lose or maintain weight, there are many choices of dieting styles and types from which to choose.
But when it comes to weight loss diets in general, there is one thing that is clear: eating fewer calories, making healthier food choices and moving more is still the best way to lose weight.
So the snacks you choose for your weight loss diet will depend upon what type of diet is being used.
For a low-carb diet like a Ketogenic or Atkins style diet, cream cheese, pork rinds and beef jerky might make excellent choices for snacks.
On the other hand, for a low-fat or Paleo diet, those same items would wreck the diet completely.
Calorie-controlled diet foods that are low in fat, but not necessarily fat-free snacks, are a healthy and wise choice.
These include snacking on raw vegetables, low-fat flavored yogurt, vegetable chips and more.
So regardless of what type of diet you are on, here are three tips that you can use to make the best out of snacking.
1. Portion-Controlled Snacks
Because it seems as though the entire food manufacturing industry is now catering to the health-conscious consumer, dieting to lose weight, especially while on the job, has never been easier than it is today.
Portion-controlled, low-calorie snack foods are available just about everywhere you look and are available in both low-carb and low-fat categories.
This makes it easier than ever to know exactly how much food you are actually eating in your snack and how many calories and other nutritional facts are consumed.
Those portion-controlled snacks can include anything from higher carb foods like baked sweet potato chips, gluten-free crackers and Paleo approved cookies to low-carb treats like celery sticks with almond butter.
The best part is that they are easy to eat on the go because they are individually packaged single-servings, with the calories and other nutritional content clearly labeled and easily visible.
As long as you don’t eat six packages of these portion-controlled snacks, having a package once or twice per day between meals is an easy, convenient way to get a snack in without blowing your entire diet.
2. Lean Meat Snacks
Hot and fresh rotisserie chicken is now sold in most delis at local grocery stores and can be kept in the refrigerator or days.
Rotisserie chicken can be stripped from the bones and stored in sealed bags or containers in the refrigerator for a convenient snack that you can throw in your bag and take to work.
Other lean high protein snacks that are easy to take anywhere you go are canned or packaged tuna, which comes in many great tasting flavors, or canned chicken and pork.
Nuts like pistachios, pecans, walnuts and peanuts also make a good high protein snack for between meals.
Nuts will help to keep you feeling full between meals, without adding too many bad calories or carbs.
Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with nuts because they are high in fat and those calories can easily add up; portion control is the key here.
3. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
When not doused in too much salt, fresh vegetables are one of the best weight-loss snacks when you are trying to stick with your diet while on the job.
Fresh leafy salad greens (with or without dressing) and fresh vegetables are a great and crunchy option for dieters.
Broccoli, asparagus, carrots, celery, radishes and lettuce all give a lot of texture with very few calories and lots of fiber, making your body feel fuller with no harm done at all.
And if you are not on a carbohydrate restricted diet and have a bit of a sweet tooth, fresh fruit is a great choice and also a healthy source of carbs that will keep you going throughout the day.
Canned fruit is usually not the best choice because it is packed in syrup, but if you can find canned fruit packed in its own juice, that’s a good and convenient alternative to fresh fruit.
Fresh apples, oranges, tangelos, pears, plums, grapes and more will soothe a sweet tooth without breaking a diet.
4. Low-Calorie Beverages
While there can be a lot of damage done with alcoholic beverages, for dieters, drinking responsibly means more than just limiting alcohol intake.
Full-sugared or high fructose corn syrup filled lattes, sodas and energy drinks can carry as many calories as an entire fast food value meal, and smoothies or yogurt drinks aren’t much better.
Even fresh fruit juice can ruin a diet, as they are a hidden source of calories because of the amount of sugar, which is why there’s no filler like eating whole fruit.
No matter what way you look at it, drinking your calories can quickly ruin your diet.
Choose Healthy Snacks For Success
In the end it all comes down to this: sticking to your diet while at work doesn’t have to be a struggle, provided that you pick healthy snacks to take with you that complement the style of diet that you are on.
Choosing healthier snacks for work, whether low carb or low-calorie options, and eating lots of fresh green vegetables or fruit can help you to stick to your eating plan and help you get to the weight you desire.
Stephanie DeAngelis is a passionate health and wellness writer and fitness trainer who loves to research and spread the word on all aspects of nutrition and healthy eating. When she isn’t wrapped up in writing and research, you can find Stephanie in the kitchen putting her cooking skills to work, whipping up tasty and nutritious recipes or out getting a workout in on the tennis court.