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Afternoon Snack

While snacking too close to a meal can sabotage weight loss, waiting too long between meals can also be detrimental.

Forgoing a snack between lunch and dinner can lead to excessive hunger and overeating at dinner.

Snacking is an essential part of a meal plan designed for weight loss. Spreading out food intake out keeps the stomach partly full and prevents overeating at meal time. Snacks also provide an opportunity to boost the intake of important nutrients like protein, fibre and calcium.

The key, however, is to snack strategically – to choose nutrient-packed snacks at the right times to stave off hunger and prevent overeating later in the day.

Time it rightIf your meals are longer than four hours apart, plan for a snack to prevent being overly hungry at your next meal. For instance, if you eat breakfast at 7 a.m. and lunch at noon, include a mid-morning snack at 10 a.m.

If you eat breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at noon, you probably don't need a snack. 

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