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Old 06-24-20, 09:33 PM
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Please share your *Top Secret, most filling, lowest calorie snacks

I have been into my fitness and diet for a few years and have steadily lost about 30 pounds slowly, while still building a little muscle mass.

My goal has been to reduce body fat, nothing crazy, but Iíd like to get south of 14% Or so and Im pretty close but, as some of you know, the last bit of fat around the belly/sides can be tough. Especially when you work out and cycle and it drives your appetite.

I have a good diet thatís working as far as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Healthy amount of protein, carbs, and fat. And I eat an apple with peanut butter between lunch and dinner.

So, Iím looking for really low calorie snack ideas when cravings hit. I eat enough so Im not crazy starving but occasionally, I get a craving and want to eat something thatís not bread related to satisfy it.

I guess a small serving of fruit or veg is the obvious answer. But just curious if anybody has ideas for snacks less than 50 calories or so that can somewhat satisfy between meal cravings.
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Just eat less.

Sorry but it is that simple. And it isn't a good diet if you want to but can't lose more fat.
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Peanut butter - but from peanut butter powder like PBfit or PB2. 85% less fat than real peanut butter for same portion.

My wife (who does not need to lose weight) hates the taste and won't go near it. I don't mind the taste.

The other weight-loss benefit: you mix up a certain number of tablespoons of power with water and you have just one serving of peanut "butter" in front of you, vs. dipping a spoon in the jar and pretending each heaping spoon is really only one tablespoon...
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Originally Posted by ZHVelo View Post
Just eat less.

Sorry but it is that simple. And it isn't a good diet if you want to but can't lose more fat.
Thanks, all is fine with the fitness, diet, and consistent body fat loss. In fact, I can probably eat a little more so....

Im just looking for some snack ideas ; )

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Plain Greek non-fat yogurt.
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Originally Posted by CyclingBK View Post
Thanks, all is fine with the fitness, diet, and consistent body fat loss. In fact, I can probably eat a little more so....

Im just looking for some snack ideas ; )
Ah, I misunderstood, apologies. I echo above - if I am hungry I add a little protein powder to Greek plain yogurt. Yummy and healthy.
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Originally Posted by ZHVelo View Post
Ah, I misunderstood, apologies. I echo above - if I am hungry I add a little protein powder to Greek plain yogurt. Yummy and healthy.
No worries and thanks. I have a Fage 2% for breakfast with fruit everyday and love the stuff.

Maybe Iíll replace the peanut butter with a Fage 0 or 2%. It would actually be less calories, more protein, and probably more filling.

Only concern was, will 2 yogurts a day bother my stomach? Iím not lactose intolerant.

Iíll give this a shot.
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Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt with blueberries or strawberries.

Or a quarter pound of baby carrots. By the time you finish chewing them, it'll be time for supper.
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No worries and thanks. I have a Fage 2% for breakfast with fruit everyday and love the stuff.

Maybe Iíll replace the peanut butter with a Fage 0 or 2%. It would actually be less calories, more protein, and probably more filling.

Only concern was, will 2 yogurts a day bother my stomach? Iím not lactose intolerant.

Iíll give this a shot.
​​​​​​Probably not, but you get extra credit for variety.
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Dill Pickles. I believe I've heard it takes more calories to digest them, than they have in them, so they actually have negative calories. And the salt will replenish your lost electrolytes due to sweating while cycling.
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Apples. I eat one or two every day for snacks. If I feel really hungry, I'll back that up with an oz. of walnuts and a glass of milk. I also like pickles, good snack.
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Romaine lettuce. Low Calorie, lots of nutrition density per Calorie eaten. I grew up liking lettuce though. I'll eat it without any salad dressing. Otherwise carrots and celery already washed and prepped in the fridge so it's ready when you are. Surprisingly most carrots at the grocery stores taste terrible. However Kroger's own brand of carrots, organic or not are pretty good. As are Green Giant branded fresh carrots if you can find them anywhere. Otherwise you just have to hunt.

Water melon is my favorite hot weather snack. Eat chilled slice right after your ride or any time you come in from the heat and it will cool you down quick. It has a lot of stuff that is good for you too. Otherwise, cantaloupe and honeydew melons. Fruit of any sort.

Hot tea seems to help control my appetite in the evenings. Black tea, green tea or whatever. On rare occasion a shot of bourbon or whiskey in it. I don't use sugar or sweetener. So if you have to sweeten it, I don't know if it will still help you not want other stuff. Might take a week or so before your body gets used to it and stops waking you up in the middle of the night to pee.

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Old 06-25-20, 01:31 PM
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Pickles! Too funny, we were indulging in a burger the other night and the thought occurred they could be a great snack. Thank you for reminding me.

And I appreciate all of the great, healthy suggestions.

Still wondering if someone has some sort of top-secret snack that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie but has like 12 calories 🤣
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Watermelon.
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Avoid snacking between meals. You need some self-discipline and you need to train your mind and body to resist the urge to snack between meals..There is nothing wrong with feeling a little hungry between meals, a little hunger won't kill you.
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Avoid snacking between meals. You need some self-discipline and you need to train your mind and body to resist the urge to snack between meals..There is nothing wrong with feeling a little hungry between meals, a little hunger won't kill you.
I donít mind a little hunger, used to it, but Ive been very disciplined while in a pretty good calorie deficit so I want to at least keep energy up and not get too distracted.

Plus, Iím strength training in addition to cycling. I alternate days. My cycling is light compared to you guys, 1.5 hours every other day but I try to go hard as I can with intervals cycling days.

iím not having a problem losing weight itís been coming off fine. And Iím close to where I want to be.

Iím going to add a little to my breakfast and lunch, think thatís an issue, Iím still too hungry coming into and after the 3pm snack.

But the low cal snack ideas are great. I need some diversity.

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Baby Carrots, Hard boiled eggs, ice water all work for me. Remember, it's not all about calories, but what kind of calories. Hi protein calories are not as bad as Fructose obviously.
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Every time you're about to shove something from your fist into your mouth, ask yourself, "Will this make me FASTER or SLOWER?" That will drive your diet in the right direction and kill off all of your myriad snack breaks that you're already taking all day long. If you are feel like you need to eat more, then eat more. But stop snacking constantly and the hunger pangs will go away if you are truly eating a properly balanced diet. (Even in a moderate deficit. Starvation mode, nothing will help except stuffing your gut full of calories and volume. Either make peace with that, or plateau.)
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Every time you're about to shove something from your fist into your mouth, ask yourself, "Will this make me FASTER or SLOWER?" That will drive your diet in the right direction and kill off all of your myriad snack breaks that you're already taking all day long. If you are feel like you need to eat more, then eat more. But stop snacking constantly and the hunger pangs will go away if you are truly eating a properly balanced diet. (Even in a moderate deficit. Starvation mode, nothing will help except stuffing your gut full of calories and volume. Either make peace with that, or plateau.)

Its not a matter of such urgency that requires talking to myself ; ) Does that work for ya?

I have a nice core diet. 3 meals, one mid day snack. Iíve been tweaking them and generally adding calories, especially to breakfast.
Deficit is fine but the body fat loss has slowed as I get under 15%. Itís tricky to keep the energy up, cycle and strength train so, yes, there will be times, generally between mid day snack and dinner that I want something to snack on. No issues after dinner.

Hence, this thread and the fine suggestions.
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Meat. It's really that simple. Meat is the most efficient source of nutrient dense food that won't wreak havoc on our sugar metabolism. I fought the obvious for years and insisted on following the Conventional Wisdom for a healthy varied diet. But it turns out my carnivore friends had a point about the benefits they claimed for their diets. Although I'm no purist and don't do full keto.

Cook up a bunch of chicken fingers seasoned to your liking, enough to last a few days of snacking.

Cut back on the carbs and sugar. I still eat that stuff, but I try to limit it to fuel for workouts and harder bike rides. Although I ate some pecan pie today, on a rest day. I didn't explode.

I cut out beer and alcohol completely this year. Couldn't seem to metabolism alcohol anymore after my thyroid failed, and ended up with hangover symptoms after a single beer. Kinda took all the pleasure out of beer. I lost 10 lbs of belly fat. I was surprised to discover how much of my calorie intake was beer, especially those tasty and strong local craft beers. (Saved a lot of money too, for bike stuff or... food.)
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For me, absolutely nothing fancy. A three pound bag of "salad mix" is 240kcal, a serving is 15 calories. Splash of italian dressing, done. Whole bowl is like 50 calories. Roughly 70 calories in a navel orange. For me, it's the eating, unfortunately. Just needs to be something. Salads n' oranges are doing the trick.
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Meat. It's really that simple. Meat is the most efficient source of nutrient dense food that won't wreak havoc on our sugar metabolism. I fought the obvious for years and insisted on following the Conventional Wisdom for a healthy varied diet. But it turns out my carnivore friends had a point about the benefits they claimed for their diets. Although I'm no purist and don't do full keto.

Cook up a bunch of chicken fingers seasoned to your liking, enough to last a few days of snacking.

Cut back on the carbs and sugar. I still eat that stuff, but I try to limit it to fuel for workouts and harder bike rides. Although I ate some pecan pie today, on a rest day. I didn't explode.

I cut out beer and alcohol completely this year. Couldn't seem to metabolism alcohol anymore after my thyroid failed, and ended up with hangover symptoms after a single beer. Kinda took all the pleasure out of beer. I lost 10 lbs of belly fat. I was surprised to discover how much of my calorie intake was beer, especially those tasty and strong local craft beers. (Saved a lot of money too, for bike stuff or... food.)
Interesting one, I like it. Maybe some turkey slices. Iím up to my ears in chicken ; )

I eat 2 servings of meat a day, 6-8 oz for dinner, 6 oz at lunch, sometimes with cheese. Iím pretty much at 40% protein,40%carbs, 20% fat. Seems to be a good balance to maintain muscle mass, fuel workouts, and still consistently lose fat.

Congrats on cutting alcohol. I did too this year. Itís been great and really helped in knock off that last belly fat. Getting close, just need to be patient.
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So, I’m looking for really low calorie snack ideas when cravings hit. I eat enough so Im not crazy starving but occasionally, I get a craving and want to eat something that’s not bread related to satisfy it.
A couple of ideas:

A tablespoon of peanut butter or hummus, with a few vegetables for dipping into it. Can size it to be a 50cal snack, or 200+ cals. Easy to take with you, as it won't need refrigeration (unless it's really hot outside).

A little 6oz container of a good whole-milk yogurt with a handful of granola and fruit (ie, berries) and an ounce or two of cheese.

A couple ounces of hard cheese, a couple ounces of dry salami (or similar), with some Wasa bread (or hard crackers). Can take it with you, as it doesn't require refrigeration (unless fairly hot outside). Good for hikes, rides.

A "trail" mix -- blend of granola, carob bits, nuts, dried fruits, etc. Depending on ingredients, it can keep for quite awhile.
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Ok, so when all is said and done, incredibly, I have decided my go to ďget me from mid afternoon to dinnerĒ snack, is a couple of these.

Taralli!

For those not familiar, they are an exquisite Italian baked cracker of sorts. Absurdly delicious and loaded with calories. Each little guy has almost 40 calories.

But, just 2 hit the spot and are so awesome to eat. 80 calories is not too brutal and Iím still tracking good in a deficit.

Many thanks for the help from all, good karma for you to share; )


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