Diet Myth #2 Debunked!
Think there’s a great secret to losing weight? Fat chance. Today’s Weiss Wednesday is going to debunk another popular diet myth, and set the record straight!
Diet Myth #2: Snacking Affects Weight Gain
A 2013 study of 257 women found that frequent snacking helps keep pounds away, while a study the following year suggests that removing all snack foods from your home can help you stay skinny. So, which is it?
The answer is both. And neither.
While it is possible that eating small meals and a few snacks could rev up your metabolism, weight loss really comes down to the number of calories you eat in a day and how sated you feel. If you’re going over your daily caloric intake, you’re going to gain weight (and p.s.- that number is probably a lot lower than your think).
Monitoring your snacks is not enough. One of the reasons we’re such a fat nation is that we consume too much food. Not a little too much. Ridiculously, embarrassingly too much.
The average American ate 530 more calories a day in 2000 than in 1970- a 24.5% increase. The idea that cutting out your afternoon pastry or ordering your turkey burger without the bun is going to be enough to slim down is missing the point. 530- more calories? This means we are overeating, on average, an entire meal’s worth of calories every day!
So go ahead and snack. Or don’t. But unless you take stock of your entire caloric intake, you’re not doing your body any favors. And you won’t lose any weight, either.