We’re hardwired to crave sweet, salty, fatty, and high-calorie foods. “see at chips — they’re perfectly balanced when it comes to the amount of salt and crunch,” Ewoldt says. And having just one bite can construct you crave more, Jones says.
So try to replace these snacks with healthier ones whenever possible. “I always recommend people own a balanced snack that includes some form of complex carb, protein, and healthy tubby,” Jones says. Fiber will also fill you up for awhile, Ewoldt says.
Some examples: fruits, nuts or nut butter, low-tubby string cheese or Greek yogurt, pea pods (like edamame), and fruits and vegetables. You could aim for a couple hundred calories, Ewoldt says, but first listen to your starvation cues. “Eat to the point of being pleasantly convinced,” Jones says, adding that while this will be different for each person, you should never reach the point of being uncomfortably full.