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    A high-calorie snack increases daily calorie intake by 263 calories per day


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    Thursday, March 22, 2007 4:08 am Email this article
    Snacking increases daily calorie intake according to a new study from the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. In other words, people do not fully compensate for the calories the consume in snacks. Snacks

    Snacks: 720 calorie snack, 360 calorie snack, or no snack each day

    People were forced eat either a high-calorie snack (720 calories), a low-calorie snack (360 calories), or no snack each day for three weeks.

     

    Snack Increase Calorie Intake

    Snacks increase daily calorie intake: 263 calories for high-calorie snack, 68 calories for low-calorie snack

    Total daily calorie intake for the three groups was as follows:

    Food Diary

    People ate fewer calories when they wrote it down

    The authors noted that people ate fewer daily calories when they wrote down that they had eaten a snack.

    “Energy balance was more positive [that is, people consumed more calories] when subjects were not recording their food intakes than when they were,” the paper notes.

     

    Comment

    Comment: This why meal replacements work

    This is why meal replacements, such as SlimFast shakes, work. People do not fully compensate for the calories that they miss at a meal.

    Comment: Write it down

    The other lesson to be learned from the study is keep a food diary—write down what you eat. This is the only way to realize how much you eat. Otherwise, we all lie to ourselves and say, “I didn’t really eat that much.” Yes, you did. Write it down.

    REFERENCE

    Whybrow S, Mayer C, Kirk TR, Mazlan N, Stubbs RJ. Effects of two weeks’ mandatory snack consumption on energy intake and energy balance. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2007 Mar, 15(3):673-85.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    S. Whybrow
    Rowett Research Institute
    Greenburn Road
    Aberdeen AB21 9SB, Scotland
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