Snacking is the key to fast weight loss – stay slim with these calorie-busting treats

However, panic no more, as it turns out snacking regularly throughout the day can actually aid weight loss and stop you from making unhealthy choices.

Terri-Ann Nunns, founder of Terri-Ann’s Diet Plans, claims that eating little treats throughout the day can help you to resist binge eating fatty foods when you’re starving.

She said: “Healthy, low-calorie snacks in between meals can be a really useful way to help you to manage your weight.

“By doing this you are providing your body with a steady flow of energy throughout the day which should reduce cravings that could lead to you making unhealthier choices.

“Of course the number of snacks and the calorie content of these will differ depending upon how many calories you are eating as part of your daily intake.

“My advice would be to stick to snacks of under 100 calories if you are trying to lose weight.

“But, if you’re in need of something more substantial on a weekend – 200 calorie options can be a good way to get a real treat, but also one that’s relatively healthy.”

And Terri-Ann has revealed that the best way to work out what your body needs is to monitor your hunger levels and come up with the right ‘snack time’ for you.

However, this doesn’t mean you should be snacking on a Dairy Milk or a tub of ice-cream every five minutes, as the health expert emphasised you need to be conscious about what types of food you’re putting into your body.

Terri-Anne added: “It’s really important of course that you consider what you are eating as a snack.

“The food you eat is fuel for your body so ensure this is of nutritional value and not multiple chocolate bars.”

Statistics recently revealed that women snack twice a day on average, with 84 per cent feeling guilty about it afterwards – however this shouldn’t be the case.

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell says that picking between meals also emphasised that snacking between meals doesn’t have to be bad for you.

She said: “Eating little and often has been shown to boost metabolism. It may trick your body into burning more calories.”