Picture this: You find yourself between classes and you are absolutely starving. You walk into the closest City Convenience store and begin the quest for a healthy, on-the-go snack. You need something substantial; an apple or banana just won’t cut it. Aha! A cereal bar! Perfect. As you browse through the myriad of snack bars, your senses are assaulted by the fluorescent, plastic-wrapped healthy goodness: Protein! Fiber! All Natural! Sounds great, right? Think again. When it comes to processed foods, you really can’t get more “processed” than a snack bar. Frankly, 80% of the time you might as well eat a Snickers. However, all is not lost. Here's a quick and dirty snack bar survival guide, so you can control that hunger with confidence.
When someone wants to lose weight, his or her first inclination is usually to skip a meal during the day. In a way, it makes sense. Cutting down the total amount of calories will reduce the amount of calories taken in compared to the amount burned, which is when weight loss happens. However, people don’t often consider the negative consequences of skipping meals during the day, which can actually add more weight than it takes away. When meals are skipped, it results in hunger later in the day, causing one to snack instead of stick to one meal. Because of this, we tend to overeat while snacking. Think of the last time you went a long time without eating. Does the feeling of incessant hunger conjure up any memories? That time when you ate anything and everything you could reach in the cupboard? This happens because your brain no longer has the energy to say "no" when you want food. When you skip a meal, you are denying your body the glucose it needs to maintain willpower.