Adults, particularly women, who go on a diet to lose some pounds, will find it hard to lose weight if they eat a snack in between breakfast and lunch. This fact was discovered by the study performed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers. According to the authors, it is important to time your diet, consider the frequency of your food consumption, and the quality of your snacks in order to lose weight. All these things are undermined when you have a snack in the morning.
The team of researchers found out – with the help of their 12-month long study – that dieters who had a healthy breakfast without following it with a snack were able to lose 11% on average of their current body weight. On the other hand, women who ate snacks in the morning lost only 7%.
Why Morning Snacks are Not Ideal for Dieters
According to the researchers, the difficulty in losing weight was not a result of the time a person eats the snacks. The truth is that it is about the short interval between the first meal of the day and lunchtime. When you snack during the day, it somehow reflects boredom or the lack of recreational activities. As a result, you turn to mindless eating habits. Even if you’re not hungry, you turn to food as a way to keep you entertained.
Timing is Important
The most significant thing to consider in your weight loss plan is to time your snacks and all the food you eat. Snacking too close to your last meal and to your next one will not provide you with benefits. In fact, it can sabotage your goals in losing weight and in preventing weight gain as well. Note, however, that it is also not recommended to have very long intervals between your meals. This is because this can also be a bad strategy in your weight loss strategy.
True Hunger vs. Mindless Eating
Snacking is not damaging to your weight loss plans. As a matter of fact, it is considered a part of your toolkit as a dieter. However, you should be able to distinguish the difference between mindless eating and true hunger. You should only eat when you are truly hungry. If you choose to keep eating even though you are still full, you will not be able to make sound choices on what to eat on your next meal.
While the research was thoroughly performed and studied, the subjects were only women. In this case, the researchers couldn’t confirm yet whether or not the study may be applied to men as well.