Want to Lose Weight? When You Eat Your Snack Food Matters, Study Finds
Are you a fan of the mid-morning snack? Or do you tend to nibble on snack food or other treats at the office before lunchtime? It may be hurting your weight-loss progress. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, women who nosh on a snack food between breakfast and lunch lose less weight than women who forgo a mid-morning snack.
Researchers studied women for a full year, looking at their snack-food eating patterns. They found that mid-morning snackers lost an average of 7 percent of total body weight, compared to 11 percent of those who didn't have snack food between breakfast and lunch. In the study, a "snack" was defined as any food or drink that was consumed between main meals, according to ScienceDaily.
Because there's usually a shorter interval between breakfast and lunch, researchers believe that mid-morning snacking may be a reflection of mindless eating habits rather than eating because of true hunger. They recommend that those looking to lose weight listen to their hunger and have a snack if they go a long time — like five hours — between meals, rather than just always eating a snack at a certain time of day. On the whole, snacking can help dieters because it causes them to not overdo it at the next meal, researchers say.
Are you a snack-food eater? Do you have a mid-morning snack every day? Will this news change up your eating habits?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.