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June 15, 2020 • Weight Control

A Snack Time You Should Avoid for Better Weight Control

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.

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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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Dr. Ann’s Top 10 Healthy Snacks

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We all know what it’s like to get that mid-afternoon hunger strike. If you get hungry, be sure to grab (guilt free!) one of my top 10 favorite snacks!

  1. A handful (1 ounce) of nuts – any variety, packaged or bulk fresh
  2. Fresh veggies (carrots, bell pepper strips, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets) dipped in hummus, guacamole, salsa, mustard, or olive oil/vinegar
  3. A piece or two of fresh fruit
  4. ½ to 1 ounce of dark chocolate – 70% cacao or higher
  5. 2 handfuls of soy nuts (roasted edamame)
  6. 2 handfuls of dried wasabi peas
  7. 2 part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks
  8. Small container (5.3 oz.) of plain Greek-style yogurt sweetened with a tsp of molasses or honey or cut up fresh fruit
  9. 2 hard-boiled Omega-3 eggs
  10. 1 Kashi granola bar spread with peanut or almond butter

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