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The Right Snacks Can Help Dieters Lose Weight

March 26, 2012: 12:40 PM EST
Americans are getting more of their daily calories today from snacks than they did three decades ago, dietitian Megan Murphy writes. And they eat many more salty snacks (low- and high-fat), candy, nuts, seeds and cereals. Snacking on high-fat desserts like cake has decreased, but snacking on low-fat desserts has increased. However, she notes, snacking doesn’t necessarily have to contribute to the obesity epidemic and can be a healthy part of a weight-loss diet, if certain guidelines are followed: eat low-calorie snacks – 100 to 200 calories – to stave off hunger;  avoid sugary or fatty snacks; choose snacks rich in protein and fiber; carry healthy snacks with you rather than buying junk snacks; and eat smaller meals after snacking during the day. 
Megan Murphy, "Snack time: Eating between meals may help dieters lose weight, but keep it reasonable", Commercial Appeal, March 26, 2012, © Memphis Commercial Appeal
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