10 Snacks That Burn Fat

African American couple eating cerealWhen it comes to dieting, what you eat between meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – matters more than you think. Sure, sneaking that snack size pack of Oreos may seem harmless now, but over time bad snacking habits add up to too many calories and very few nutrients.

In fact, according to research by the UDSA, the average intake of empty calories for men aged 20 and older surveyed was a whopping 923 calories per day — two to three times their limit in the solid fats and added sugars category. Meanwhile, women aged 20 and older are consuming almost two to four times their limit taking in 624 empty calories per day.

Experts however, suggest snacks under 200 calories with at least 10 grams of protein and up to 5 grams of fiber. So, in an effort to help you stay the course and opt for snacks that will both boost metabolism and help you shed unwanted pounds, keep reading!

Mixed cereal: One cup of cereal (bran flakes, Wheat Chex, and Health Valley Organic Oat Bran Flakes) delivers up to 5 grams of muscle building proteins and 3 grams of fiber, all for under 200 calories.

Hard-boiled egg: Two hard-boiled eggs will run you just over 150 calories and are packed with protein (12 grams) to fuel those muscle building fibers. Kick it up a notch by seasoning with black pepper to taste.

Almonds: Packed with protein and fiber, these nuts are loaded with properties that both grow lean muscle mass (which increases calorie burn), and improves digestion, ridding the body of toxins, sugars and stored fats.