It’s my standard advice to forego a mid-morning snack, especially for those who want to lose weight, and a study supports this is a sound recommendation.
In a twelve-month weight loss study involving 123 overweight adults put on caloric restriction diets, those who reported regular mid-morning snacking lost 40% less weight than study subjects who avoided this mid-morning feeding. Curiously, a mid-afternoon snack did not seem to mitigate weight loss. For optimal weight control and energy levels, I recommend that you eat three meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner – along with a single mid-afternoon snack.
(Journal of the American Dietetic Association, December 2011)
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