If You Tend to Overeat Nuts, Chips, and Pretzels, This Easy Weight-Loss Hack Is For You
When I ditched sugar, flour, and fruit for three weeks (to see if it would help with bloating), my go-to snack became nuts. I buy them at Trader Joe's and keep mason jars full of raw almonds, pecans, cashews, and shelled pistachios in my pantry. I ended up gaining weight because I'd go back for handful after handful without measuring.
One day I measured a few handfuls, just to see how much it was, and realized I was eating a cup of nuts for a snack! For reference, a serving size of raw almonds is about 1/4 cup, which is 190 calories. Um, that's 760 calories, when a snack should be around 150 to 200 calories — and I was doing that every single day. No wonder I was gaining weight.
Yeah, I could have started measuring out servings from the jar and ate out of a little bowl, but it was too tempting to go back for more. Plus, that didn't work for times when I wasn't home. So I started using this little snack hack to keep my portions in check: I created DIY snack packs.