100 Calorie Snacks – Smart Diet Aid Or Diet Sabotage?

If you’re currently on a diet trying to lose weight, one snack product that you’ve without a doubt seen in the aisles of your supermarket are all the 100 calorie snack packs that are available. Filled with all of your favorite sinful treats, these portion controlled goodies claim to have the dieter in mind.

Now, you can tear into your favorite foods without having to suffer the high calorie repercussions since they’ve already been divided up into 100 calorie servings.

But, are these snacks just a little too good to be true? Let’s give them a closer assessment so you can come to your own conclusions about whether these will help you reach your diet goals.

Can You Stop After Just One?

The very first question you need to ask yourself regarding these 100 calorie ‘snack packs’ is whether or not you can really stop after just one?

Many people, especially those who are on fat loss diets, do have a history of binge eating in their past.  So if you get started on a certain food, you have the tendency to keep going until the entire box is completed.

You may think that the clever 100 calorie packaging will keep you from consuming more, but when all it really takes is tearing into another one, you must question that. If you’re at home and that box of five more 100 calorie snack packs is there, will you have two, three, four – the whole box?

Before you know it, your 100 calorie snack has turned into a 500 calorie nightmare that will set you back in your diet progress.

…But What’s The Nutritional Value?

Another important point that you must not overlook in your excitement that these foods have now become ‘diet friendly’ is the nutritional value that they provide.

Ask yourself, what real nutrients are you getting from those snacks?

If you truly ask yourself this, you’ll come to your answer – hardly any.

While it is calories that determine weight gain or loss, isn’t getting in good nutrition a priority as well? Don’t you want to promote long-term health while on this diet?

Consider that next time you reach for a bag.

Could They Be Promoting Your Cravings?

Finally, you must also question whether these 100 calorie snack packs may actually prompt cravings to take place.

A funny thing happens when you diet.  When you first eliminate the foods that you shouldn’t be eating you will be craving them left, right, and center. This is quite normal and to be expected.

But after a week or two has passed and that food hasn’t made its way into your diet, that craving typically subsides and you no longer notice it. You’ve essentially ‘lost’ your taste for that food.

But if you remind yourself of the taste on a continual basis with these 100 calorie snack packs, that craving will never leave. It’ll always be calling your name and this will be a temptation that you constantly have to fight.

So next time you’re thinking of purchasing a 100 calorie snack pack product in hopes that it’ll help you reach dietary success, you may want to consider that. They aren’t always the diet saver you’d think they would be.

What are your alternatives for healthy snacks?


  1. Jack Webster says:

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  2. Well I wouldn’t believe unless I try. Many products are seem effective and helpful but are worthless once you try.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Well said, Shannon. It’s pretty pathetic that “food” companies lead people to believe that these snacks are healthy just because they’re only 100 calories. People need to realize that real, whole, unprocessed food makes us healthy, not processed chemicals that almost resemble food.