20 Easy Ways To Stop Snacking

SnaksAbout 2 months ago I found out that snacking was one of the important reasons I was not losing weight at a normal rate, even though I was on diet. I was very frustrated because I though my diet was ok, so there must be something wrong with my metabolism. It turned out I was snacking for about 500 calories/day. This is almost 1/2 of my daily calorie intake while being on a diet. Since I started the cut down calorie plan I’m very careful with what I eat and now I can see the difference.

Here is what you can do to avoid snacking:

  1. be prepared: Don’t let a snack attack take you by surprise
  2. keep the junk foods out of the house
  3. stack up your fridge with low-calorie fruits and vegetables for healthy snacks
  4. make an effort to cook more slow-cooked meals. This will keep you busy a longer period of time – thinking about making food and not just eating it
  5. brush your teeth. Most food doesn’t taste very good after brushing your teeth, so you won’t be as tempted to snack simply out of boredom or habit
  6. keep your hands busy. Can’t eat if you are using your hands doing something else.
  7. stay out of the kitchen
  8. when you feel the urge to snack, take a walk around your house, lift hand weights, anything to move your body. Exercise suppresses your appetite.
  9. don’t watch commercials. I’m sure there must be a food commercial
  10. chew sugar-free gum or mint
  11. drink water
  12. plan your menus everyday to include healthy snacks
  13. take a minute to look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself, “Do I really need to eat?”
  14. make a list of what you’ve already eaten today and what you plan to eat later
  15. repeat this out laud: Snack = Something Naughty And Calorie Kamikaze
  16. try out your favorite pants (which are too tight..of course)
  17. try thinking of your snacks as mini-meals. Rather than eating the standard 3 meals a day, try eating 5 or 6 smaller meals
  18. snack later. Say to yourself that you will eat that snack after breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you eat lots of good food before the snack, there is not much room left for the junk food.
  19. call a friend. Talk as much as you can about anything and everything. You will forget what you wanted to do before the call or maybe you will think more clearly.
  20. and don’t forget about Diet Piggy. :)

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  1. eighmie

    27. April 2007 | 16:36 h

    something that I used to carry with me when I was trying to lose weight that ws reallly effective was a card that fit in my wallet, and on it was a simple heart outline, and a simple stomach outline. When I went to eat, I was supposed to pull the card out and ask myself if I was eating to satisfy and empty stomach or was I eating to fill my empty heart… mind…etc. I cannot tell you how many times I put the food back down and walked away. I am still overweight, but when I used this technique I lost weight. I’ve also recently found that chatting online has helped me lose weight cause I don’t have a free hand to stuff my fat face. I’m down 38 lbs since december.

  2. Nessie

    27. April 2007 | 17:18 h

    That’s great, Eighmie! Thank you for sharing this simple and efficient idea.

    Keep up the good work with losing weight and see you around!

  3. cheryl

    28. April 2008 | 07:48 h

    wow, good for you Eighmie! i am trying to lose l5 pounds and am having the most awful time doing it. i seem to eat less for a day or two, then just go crazy and buy a huge bag of cheesies or potato chips. anyway i was going to try this mayo diet… i do like butter & mayonnaise, and all those veggies wouldn’t be so bad with a dip. it’s supposed to work … kind of like Atkins, low carb. anybody else out there tried this Mayo diet???

  4. kat

    4. May 2009 | 03:38 h

    number 13 is what anorexics do, you fool.

  5. Stephanie

    11. May 2009 | 04:11 h

    I agree with everything on here except for #13. That seems awfully self-destructive. You should be proud of your body, and those kind of habits are what lead to eating disorders. Thinking that you look fat as a means to keep yourself from eating .. eehhh, I don’t think so.

  6. Nessie

    12. August 2009 | 12:00 h

    Hi, Kat and Stephanie!

    If you would look again at #13 you’ll see there’s only a legit question if your body needs to eat. Most of the times, we eat just because we are bored, not because our body needs the nutrition. You should have a meal plan calculating you daily necessary intake to avoid overeating, but also to be sure you are providing your body everything it needs.

  7. kathryn

    8. September 2009 | 08:27 h

    yeah, well if it was a legit question if your body needs to eat– it shouldn’t have to involve the mirror. that refers to the person having to view their body and see if they really want to put anything into it and risk making it worse. you can still ask yourself if you really should snack or if you’re actually hungry without it involving the mirror.

  8. Minnie Dinwoodie

    9. September 2010 | 00:04 h

    Losing weight is a challenging task for everyone who wants to loose weight. The key is to keep oneself motivated and enthusiastic about the whole process till you see some real results. But once you start seeing the pounds fall off then you are inspired to keep at it for the rest of your life. This is my opinion.

  9. OkaySnack

    17. December 2010 | 07:25 h

    I know this is going to sound strange, but I overeat snacks that are HEALTHY and I am trying to cut down. I do not eat potato chips, and I know people say a handful of nuts will keep you satisfied, but that is not the case for me. Once I start with a handful of nuts, I just crave them even more and end up eating about a CUP of raw almonds! I once ate a jar of mixed nuts in less than 4 days (38 servings per jar!)

    Yes, nuts are supposed to be healthy, only in moderation. I also snack on cereal such as Kashi GoLean Crunch, Wheat Chex, and peanut butter. My snack portions are out of control. It was never about the junk food.. I could snack on grapes, apples, blueberries, oatmeal.. anything healthy I could find and ruin my diet because I cannot practice portion control.

    I don’t know what it is. I do not mindlessly eat. When my stomach is full, I stop. But sometimes I’m always in a mood to eat, but my stomach isn’t growling and I have no signs of hunger, except my brain telling me “GET FOOD!! Yum!!” After eating those snacks, I feel full and do not eat again if I do not need to. But it ruins my diet because I eat about the amount of food to manage my weight rather than drop a few pounds.

  10. Nessie

    17. December 2010 | 09:29 h

    If you want to lose weight is not enough to cut down the calories intake. It’s good that you are eating healthy snacks, but you should compensate the extra calories by working-out.

  11. BrynnTaylor

    15. April 2011 | 18:32 h

    I find having a healthy hobby like excersising is one of the best ways to stop myself snacking. Every time I’m bored and feel like eating, I go for a short run or bounce on the trampoline. When I get back to what I was doing, I’m not only more focused, I also don’t feel like eating! :)

  12. Eva

    6. August 2011 | 04:28 h

    While losing weight SNAKs should be low calorie but tasty…I have found that the freezer pops make a really great tasty refreshing snak and only 40 calories…not so wise snaks are nuts,cereals, as they (I believe) encourage you to eat more and more…if your snaks are causing you to over eat them , then you have the wrong snak..

  13. Jean

    31. December 2011 | 04:57 h

    Next time your at a holiday party and your tempted to snack on everything there, just have a couple cheese/crackers then stop…look at everyone else pigging out and focus on how much you HAVEN’T had that they HAVE.


    F – Forget
    A – All
    T – Treats

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