Study Shows Between-Meal Snacking Doesn't Reduce Eating at Mealtime
Wahida Karmelly, MSRD, an associate research scientist at Columbia
University in New York, says that as a practicing dietician, she is less
concerned with timing of food intake than amount. "Considering 50% of the
adult population is overweight in this country, and obesity is rising in other
parts of the world, we have to think of calories. People are losing sight of
caloric intake," she says.
Karmelly says the study raises at least one important dietary issue: the
concept of satiety -- a basic, but in some overeaters, elusive concept.
Karmelly says she often asks clients to rate from zero to five how they feel
hunger-wise before eating. "I have found people so often put in zero.
They're not hungry. But it's time to eat." And so without thinking, that's
just what they do.