SNACK ATTACK! Use This Snacking Quiz To Break Your Bad Snacking Habits In 2017
*Disclosure: I’m a sponsored Meta Influencer, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure.
If you’re looking to prioritize health and fitness in 2017, here’s a dead simple—but endlessly powerful—quick fix for the new year: get your snacking obsession under control.
Unexplainable snacking is a silent but deadly diet killer. It might seem harmless, but it’s one of the easiest ways to unknowingly add a barrage of extra calories, sugar, artificial junk, and low-quality food to your diet; especially if you’re following IIFYM or a specific dietary protocol.
If your diet hasn’t been sticking, snacking might just be your Achilles heel.
Like most things in life, all snackers aren’t created equally. Maybe you’re someone who disembowels the fridge late at night or after a few cocktails; maybe you munch mindlessly during a Netflix binge or The Bachelor; or maybe you’re someone who eats their way through stress and anxiety. Each person has their own snacking personality type.
Lucky for you, Meta Appetite Control partnered up with POPSUGAR to create a quick-and-fun interactive quiz to help determine exactly what type of snacker you are. Knowledge is your BFF. If you’re aware of how and why you’re most susceptible to a snack binge (or IV drip), you can actively eliminate it from happening.
First, take the quiz over at POPSUGAR to figure out what kind of snacker you are. It’ll reveal your personal “Snack ID” profile and tendencies. Next match your ID to the corresponding tips below, which were created in coordination with Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN.
Unsurprisingly, I’m classified as an “On-The-Go Grazer,” meaning I’m constantly running around with my head cut off and often rely on snacks/little bites of leftovers/half meals instead of making time to eat a full-blown healthy meal. If you’re like me and you’re on-the-go nonstop, two things have made a massive difference for me personally:
- Meal prep. If you know your day is going to be bananas, plan ahead. Cook the night before and pack a tupperware. It seems daunting at first, but once you master a few lean meals it becomes cake. Plus, you can cook in bulk for the entire week, which saves money.
- Smoothies. I’ll often blend up a combo of Meta Appetite Control (it contains 100% natural psyllium fiber), protein powder, fruit, and veggies. They’re super quick to make and serve as a nutrient dense, protein-packed, hunger-bomb that help keep me energized and full for hours.
What #MetaSnackID are you!? You might even experience a crossover effect and relate to more than one.
What Kind Of Snacker Are You? Quick Tips To Snack Less In 2017
We’ve listed out all 6 of the Snack IDs below with their corresponding tips, all of which were created by Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN. A full description of each profile is available here.
“The Late-Night Looter”
Reputation: Chronically snacks late at night.
- When dinner’s done, brush your teeth! You won’t want to yuck up your pearly whites by snacking once you have cool, minty breath.
- Staying up well past dinnertime? Skip the cookies and crush your cravings* by mixing a cold glass of water with Meta Appetite Control. Bonus: You’ll replenish fluids you may have lost during the day and break-up with the late night snacking.
“The Mindless Muncher”
Reputation: You snack mindlessly when you’re watching TV or on the computer.
- Use all your senses when snacking. Look at your food, smell it, touch it with your hands or your tongue, taste it on the tip of your tongue, listen to the sound it makes as you chew it. Going through the steps of really experiencing what you eat will naturally slow you down and help you stop mindless eating.
- Another tip on how to stop snacking is put down the bag of chips and head to the kitchen to mix up a Meta Appetite Control Smoothie or add two teaspoons to a cold glass of water. Take it to a distraction-free zone and sip, mindfully, until you’re done.
“The On-The-Go Grazer”
Reputation: You’re too busy to eat a real meal, and instead rely on snacks and small bites.
- Whether it’s a full day of meetings or carpooling kids from activity to activity, don’t push off eating until after everything is done. Even if you’re waiting to eat a big meal later in the day, have a plate of salad or a smaller serving of a healthy dish. By doing so, hunger pangs won’t get the best of you and lead to snacking on the go disasters.
- You try to wake up 20 to 30 minutes earlier to start the day with a balanced breakfast, but hitting snooze is much easier and leaves you with little to no time for cooking. Measure out two teaspoons of Meta Appetite Control Pink Lemonade and place it in a shaker bottle so you can easily fill it with cold water on the go to help you feel less hungry between meals.*
“The All Or Nothing Nosher”
Reputation: You go BIG and are known to binge a whole pizza, gallon of ice cream, or sleeve of Oreos.
- Stop depriving yourself and start enjoying the foods you love on a regular basis so you don’t overdo it when you’re faced with them. For example, allow yourself a small scoop of ice cream once a week to avoid eating the whole pint in one sitting.
- Have a glass of cold water with Meta Appetite Control before heading to the movies or ice cream parlor to help you control your snacking when you get there.
“The Stressed Out Snacker”
Reputation: You eat your feelings or eat whenever you’re overwhelmed by stress and anxiety.
- Stepping outside for a walk or run to get the endorphins flowing is a great solution for how to stop snacking. This also helps create more space between you and the junk food drawer.
- Make a glass of Pink Lemonade Quench Meta Appetite Control and head to a quiet room for some mindful meditation. Meta will help control your snacking between meals, while the tart lemonade flavor will wake up your senses and meditation will help you get in tune with what’s really stressing you out.
“The Breakroom Binger”
Reputation: You can’t resist junk when it’s in front of you and constantly monitor common areas for free food (i.e. office breakrooms and kitchens).
- Too much temptation to even enter the breakroom? Don’t do it. One of the best tips to stop snacking in this situation is to step out for a cup of coffee or just a little fresh air instead.
- Break up with your daily snack cravings* by bringing your Meta Appetite Control with you to the office. Mix it with a glass of cold water so you feel full and resist the urge to see what snacks are in the breakroom.
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