Craving snacks could inhibit weight lossby David Howells
Snacking may be the downfall of many diets, experts in the US have claimed.
Research printed in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that whilst dieting wasn't the worst thing someone looking to lose weight could do, it could certainly be a reason to inhibit any real weight loss, webmd.com reports.
The study, which monitored overweight or obese women over a period of 12 months, found that those who skipped a mid-morning snack were much more likely to lose weight than those who indulged.
The difficult part for many dieters, however, is managing to beat the cravings to snack - something they could potentially overcome with the use of weight-loss hypnotherapy.
In the study, dieters who snacked around their weight-loss plan ended up losing seven per cent of their starting body weight. Those who managed to beat the cravings and abstain from snacks went on to lose 11.5 per cent of their starting weight.
Speaking to usatoday.com about the results, study author Dr Anne McTiernan explained: "Snacking, per se, isn't bad, it's more what you eat and when you are snacking.
"If you start snacking in the morning, you might be eating more throughout the day and taking more food in."