By Corrie Pikul
Photo: ThinkstockDon't resolve to: Skip your morning snack.
You've always enjoyed a post-breakfast bite of bagel or muffin with your coffee. Then two years ago you heard the news that dieters who eat midmorning snacks have a harder time slimming down. But this could have more to do with what those people were eating than when. This year, nutrition researchers at the U.K.'s Leatherhead Food Research found that people who ate 1.5 ounces of almonds at snack o'clock (i.e., around 11 a.m.) were less hungry at lunch and dinner and ate fewer calories for the rest of the day than non-almond eaters. Another study from Purdue University found that you can extend that feeling of fullness by chewing your almonds up to 40 times before swallowing. Not feeling like nuts? Snack on a piece of fruit. Many nutritionists recommend eating fruit between meals to dampen the desperation of hunger, and some diet plans allow for them as snacks at any time of the day.
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