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Does snacking lead to weight gain?

June 24, 2009

There are many different theories behind snacking. Will it help with weight loss or will it make you gain weight? Just like other dietary questions: should you go vegetarian, vegan or eat a high protein diet—it’s about finding what works for you. Do you need many small meals and snacks throughout the day to keep going? Do you only eat three big meals and that’s enough for you?

The problem that most people fall into is they don’t know what to snack on or they eat very little during the day and come around 4 pm they’re starving and hit up the vending machine for unhealthy foods. Can you relate?

One way to avoid the 4 pm vending machine visit is to always have snacks on hand. Think about what you like to snack on that you know will give you energy. This could be anything from nuts, fruit to raw veggies with hummus or nut butter. It is these snacks that will give you the little boost you need and not the highly processed Snickers or sugar-laden doughnuts.

It is good to recognize what your snacking temptations are. What is your favorite unhealthy snack? What is so good about it? How do you feel after eating it? Now, what is your favorite healthy snack? What do you love about it and how does it make you feel?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.