Snack attack!

Snacking is a dieter’s worst enemy.

Research suggests that the influence of bigger portions and excessive snacking overtakes the high calorie foods.

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

If you’re trying to lose weight and tone up for the summer swimwear seasons, eating foods such as pizza, chips, chocolate, cookies and candy aren’t going to help.

From the University of North Carolina, data numerous factors were involved in energy intake including, the number of calories (energy) in a specific amount of food (energy density), portion size and how many meals and snacks a day eaten. Researchers say that the increases in the number of eating occasions and portion size seem to account for most of the change. Thus, ideas have been discussed to focus on reducing the number of snacks and meals a day and also the portion size.

Generally, when you eat something the number originates from kilocalories in a food and is then referred to as calories. According to the NHS, the recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000 for women, and 2,500 for men. The vital factors are the influence energy intake such as the portion size, energy density, number of meals, snacks and drinks consumed each day.

The study is trying to focus on balancing energy intake for men and women. Meanwhile, Dr Áine O’Connor, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation said: “Many factors influence total energy intake that can lead to [being] overweight and obesity but it is possible that having more eating occasions through the day, by frequent snacking, would increase calorie consumption and so lead to weight gain. This study also looked at portion size and studies have shown that having larger portions of food leads to an increased intake.”

The BBC recognizes that it’s important to focus on controlling weight by reducing and managing how much and  how often you eat to tackle weight issues.

One thought on “Snack attack!

  1. Good article. Guess I must be doing something right – eating 6 small meals per day and not eating “junk” food.

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