(SEATTLE) -- Women who munch on snacks between breakfast and lunch may be doing a disservice to their weight loss efforts, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
The study, set to be published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that women who opted for a mid-morning snack lost an average of 7 percent of their total body weight in a year's time, compared to non-snackers who lost lost an average of 11 percent.
Anne McTiernan, the lead researcher of the study and director of the research center's prevention center, explained the findings, saying it "may not relate necessarily to the time of day one snacks, but rather to the short interval between breakfast and lunch. Mid-morning snacking therefore might be a reflection of recreational or mindless eating habits rather than eating to satisfy true hunger."
The 123 women who participated in the study were either overweight or obese and ranged from 50 to 75 years old.
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