4. Snacking between meals
Snacking is fine and may actually help tkeep your weight down—as long as it’s conscious.
“For some people, snacking is better and for others it’s a catastrophe,” says Arya Sharma, MD, chair for Cardiovascular Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta. That’s because some snackers are better at planning ahead while others are more impulsive and head straight to the vending machine when hunger strikes. The key to healthy snacking is to nosh in a controlled way and not to graze just because you’re feeling peckish, says Sharma. If you know you need to eat something between meals, make sure you pack a healthy snack, such as a piece of fruit or handful of nuts, in your briefcase or purse.