3 Snacking Routines to Break Now
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These noshing habits could be the reason your scale is stalled
By Karen Ansel, RD, Prevention
We do it in the car, on the train, in front of the TV, on the phone, and even in bed. For too many of us, snacking has become so automatic that our brains barely register the hand-to-mouth motion. And it’s not as if we’re all reaching for diet-friendly apples: A 2010 study from the University of North Carolina found that most of us eat nearly 600 calories a day-roughly a third of our food-in snacks rather than meals.
“The business plan of the modern food company has been to put their foods on every street corner, making it socially acceptable to eat 24-7,” says David Kessler, MD, former commissioner of the FDA and the author of The End of Overeating (Rodale, 2009).
The result has been a nutritional disaster. In their natural state, whole foods may be high in fat or sugar, but they’re rarely high in both. Today we have man-made snack foods with a tantalizing combination of fat and sugar rolled into one. “Foods have become so ‘hyperpalatable’ that they’re now capable of hijacking our brains the same way that nicotine and alcohol do,” says Ashley Gearhardt, the lead author of a Yale University study on food addiction.