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Avoiding high calorie snack foods

Snacks such as chocolate bars, crisps and biscuits are very high in fat and calories. If you are trying to lose weight you should try to reduce the amount that you eat of these foods. It will be difficult to cut them out completely, so initially try to reduce the amount that you are eating, for example if you eat 2 bags of crisps per day, start by cutting down to 1 bag per day.

You should not deny yourself the foods that you enjoy, this will just make you want to eat them even more. You should learn that no food is forbidden, just be careful about the amount you eat. The best way is to enjoy a small amount of something that you like, rather than completely avoiding it and bingeing on a large amount later.

You should also think about healthier snacks that are lower in calories and are more likely to satisfy your hunger.

Did you know?

A mars bar, a packet of crisps and a can of coke provides you with almost half your daily calorie requirement (if you are a woman), and that is before you have even eaten any meals or had any other drinks.

Comparisons of high calorie snack foods and healthier alternatives

Nutrient content
per item
Mars Bar
(regular size)
Small packet
of raisins
Calories (kcal)
Fat (g)
Sugar (g)
305
11.8
46.9
42.5
0
10

 

Nutrient content
per item
Packet of salt and
vinegar crisps
1 medium
size banana
Calories (kcal)
Fat (g)
Sugar (g)
181
11.4
0.2
95
0.3
0.5

 

Nutrient content
per item
Jam Doughnut Plain
Currant bun
Calories (kcal)
Fat (g)
Sugar (g)
252
11.2
14.1
178
4.5
9.0

 

Link: Snacks 

Healthy snack ideas

 

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