Advertisement

How to Snack Without Getting Huge

How to Snack Without Getting Huge

Sneaking a snack now and then is a recipe for waistline disaster, right? Maybe not. A

study suggests a snack strategy that might help you avoid ending up five sizes bigger.

In the study -- involving healthy, normal-weight people -- the participants ate three snacks a day for 8 weeks and didn't pack on any extra pounds. The magic secret? Eat what you know. The researchers think that this snacking strategy may have helped the study subjects avoid calorie surprises and allowed them to better compensate for the snacks later on.

Sneaky Snack Approach
When you know how many calories are in your snack of choice, you're in a better position to adjust your calorie intake of other foods later, so your total caloric intake for the day stays on target. That's right -- you can't snack away without cutting back somewhere else. But knowing how many calories your chosen noshes contain -- be they fruit, veggies, and yogurt or higher-calorie snacks like cereal and savory crackers -- will help you modulate at mealtime. (Check out these 10 healthy 100-calorie treats.)

Listen to Your Belly
More research is needed to determine whether the study results apply to other groups, such as overweight people or people prone to weight gain. But it probably helped that the lean, healthy study participants were in touch with internal hunger cues and knew exactly when they'd had their fill. And best of all, they didn't have to add any extra physical activity to compensate for the snacks. (Here's a little trick for knowing when you're full and stopping yourself from overeating.)

Snack Smackdown: 10 Healthy 100-Calorie Treats
Snack Smackdown: 10 Healthy 100-Calorie Treats
Those 100-calorie snack packs are tasty, convenient, and perfectly portioned for calorie counters -- and they're selling like iPhones on opening day. ...
Read More
How can eating pre-packaged snacks help me lose weight?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Pre-packaged snacks provide a visual cue that we're finished. While 100-calorie snack packs are ...
More Answers
How do I control my snacking when trying to lose weight?
Marilyn Ricci, M.S., R.D.Marilyn Ricci, M.S., R.D.
This is so difficult. The first step is to remove those tempting foods from your cupboards. Do not b...
More Answers
Snack on This Asian Treat for Weight Loss
Snack on This Asian Treat for Weight Loss