Smarter Snacking Leads to Healthier Diet
Keep fruit and vegetables on hand, cut up and ready to go, to promote healthy habits
Despite our familiarity with dieting--up to half of adults report being on a diet in any given year--many of us don't know how best to eat to promote healthy weight loss. Fortunately, we can turn to the research for some answers. It turns out that snacking may be one path to a slimmer physique--but only if we snack smartly.
Snack your way to weight loss
To study how snacking timing and frequency may affect diet quality and weight loss, researchers examined the eating habits of 123 overweight or obese postmenopausal women. The study participants tracked their eating habits, noting when they ate meals and snacks for 12 months. After collecting and analyzing all of the information, the researchers found:
Translating study results into good eating habits
This study uncovered important information about how snacking may affect both what and how much we eat. This, in turn, may impact our weight loss efforts. What does this mean in your daily life? We've translated these findings into some smart snacking tips to help you meet your healthy eating and weight loss goals.
(J Am Diet Assoc 2011; 111:1898-03)
Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, an author, speaker, and internationally recognized expert in chronic disease prevention, epidemiology, and nutrition, has taught medical, nursing, public health, and alternative medicine coursework. She has delivered over 150 invited lectures to health professionals and consumers and is the creator of a nutrition website acclaimed by the New York Times and Time magazine. Suzanne received her training in epidemiology and nutrition at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health at Ann Arbor.