It’s that time of year again.
No, I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about the short amount of time before the holidays, when college students everywhere are attempting to lose whatever weight they’ve gained at college before having to see their high school peers.
For most of you, that means taking on some sort of diet for the next two weeks or so. And while healthy snacking is an important part of any diet, snacking in the morning may do more harm to your diet than good.
According to a recent study in the American Dietetic Journal, those who snack during the midmorning (10:30-11:30 a.m.) are not only more likely to snack more frequently during the day, but they also lose less weight than those who don’t indulge in a midmorning snack.
What’s more, midmorning snacking may not be a sign of true hunger, but rather, mindless eating, which racks up extra calories without deterring the mindless eater from eating less at their next meal. So, if you’re feeling the urge to have a snack between breakfast and lunch, it may be a sign that your diet isn’t quite as healthy as it could be.
But while morning snacking may be harmful to one’s weight loss goals, healthy snacking at other times during the day may actually improve a diet. In fact, a study published earlier this month found that people who snack regularly eat more fruit and whole grains than those who don’t snack.
For those of you looking to add some healthy snacks to your already healthy diets, check out Self.com’s “30 Healthy Picks.” Not only does it give you 30 great options for snacks that won’t add a spare tire around your waist, but it also breaks those snacks down into two categories: salty or sweet. (I’d stick with the sweet category if I were you–call me crazy, but tuna jerky just doesn’t make my mouth water.