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These snacks before meals could help with weight loss

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Mom told us never to snack before meals because it would ruin our appetite. It turns out mom was right. Snacking on the right foods before mealtime just might be the extra boost you need for weight loss


What researchers found is that specific types of snacks can keep us from raging hunger. The result is that you can lose weight simply by incorporating snacks into your meal planning.

Protein still rules for losing weight

What researchers found is that eating a bit of protein before meals can help us feel fuller; longer.

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The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics doesn't suggest the strategy will work for everyone. But the researchers say protein snacks are the best if you're welling to give it a try.

Also see: It's not just what, but how you eat that can help you lose weight

Snacks that can help

Some examples of snack foods to eat before a meal include:

  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Soy (edamame or soy crisps)
  • A handful of nuts
  • A bit of cottage cheese

The study was a meta-analysis that found the right sort of snacks before meals could be another tool to help with weight loss. Mom wasn't all wrong it turns out. Snacking before meals does make us fuller, which for weight loss turns out to be a good thing.