There’s always a new diet craze. “The diet that will help you lose a stone in a week without even trying!” We’ve heard it all before.
At the turn of the 20th Century American Horace Fletcher promoted the ‘Chew and Spit’ diet as the way to lose weight. Pretty self-explanatory; it involved extracting the goodness from the food and then spitting out the leftover material.
In 2002 it was the Atkins diet. A high fat, low carb diet promoted by Robert Atkins. Sharon Osbourne lost nearly two stone in a year, whilst Jennifer Anniston and Renee Zellweger came out as fans. Kim Kardashian also recently admitted that she followed Atkins to lose her baby weight.
Last year, the 5.2 Diet became the new in-thing. It involves eating normally for five days a week and fasting on 500-600 calories for the other two. It is thought of as a weight loss technique rather than a lifestyle, with experts suggested dieters talk to their GP before fasting.
Most recently, the most dangerous of the lot came to fore in the form of the breatharian diet. It involves swapping food and drink for air and sunlight, believing that we can survive on that alone.
Putting all the silliness to one side, we all know it’s best to maintain a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly. It’s the only safe, proven way to lose weight and stay that way.
We don’t know about you, but snacking is our weak point. Elevenses, mid-afternoon, pre-dinnner, post-dinner, pre-bed; we are constantly wondering where our next meal is coming from and staving off the hunger with little snacks throughout the day.
Here are a selection of our favourite 100 calorie snacks. Baring in mind that low calorie usually spells boring, we think you’ll be surprised by our tasty range of ideas.
Special K Red Berries Cereal Bar – 90 cals
This is perfect as a mid-morning snack, or even an addition to breakfast should your morning meal need an extra boost. These strawberry flavoured cereal bars are made with rice and whole grain flakes, strawberries and icing.
20 olives – 68 cals
You heard us right! Olives packed in brine, not oil, are really low in calories. They’re a filling snack that do wonders for your liver.
2 Jaffa Cakes – 90 cals
One Jaffa Cake contains just 45 calories, so depending on how hungry you are, you can feasibly have as many as you want. We reckon two is enough to satisfy the urge for something sugary, whilst remaining angelically under that 100 calorie line.
Quavers – 87 cals
Good news for crisp lovers. Quavers, French Fries and Wotsits are tastiest crisps you can get whilst staying away from fat-free weight watchers type brands. They come in a range of flavours and are cheap too!
Three chicken satay sticks with smooth peanut butter – 97 cals
This is one of our favourites. Chicken satay sticks dipped in a small amount of peanut butter feels naughty, but it comes in at just 97 calories.
Ryvita Mini Sweet Chillis – 100 cals
These crispy mini crackers perfectly capture the spiciness and authentic chilli heat of Asian cuisine.
30 grapes – 100 cals
Fruit had to be in here somewhere. 30 grapes have the capability to fill that hole after dinner; perfect for when you’re sitting in front on the television and want something mindless yet harmless to snack on.
10 Pringles – 100 cals
We all know that once you pop you just can’t stop. However, sometimes you have to; with each Pringle coming in at 10 calories, a whole tube has a whopping 900 calories. Just ten of the lovely things though, is just 100 calories, so you can get your fix without going overboard.
Hard boiled egg – 78 cals
Eggs (in moderation) are great for you, but it’s hard to whip out a fried one at your desk at lunchtime, so hard boiled is a great alternative. At just 78 calories you could even have two.
20 chocolate raisins – 80 cals
It’s that chocolate craving again. Not to worry, chocolate raisins are here to save the day. 20 of them is more than enough to fill the gap between lunch and dinner.
Feeling inspired? Head to the supermarket and get creative. A small amount of your favourite thing could be less calorific that you thought. All together now: It’s all about moderation!
Written by: Olivia Cripps
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