Here is one more reason not to skip breakfast: the scientists have discovered that snacking before lunch makes you fat, or keeps you fat. According to the researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the problem appears especially when there is little time between breakfast and lunch.

Snacking before lunch makes you fat If you are trying to lose weight and think you are doing everything by-the-book…you may be right. Because until this moment, there was no book saying that you are not allowed to have a quick snack between the first two important meals of the day. On the contrary, any fitness expert would have told you that the ideal “meal itinerary” would be breakfast – snack – lunch – snack – dinner.

However, a recent study conducted by a team of researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, led by Dr. Anne McTiernan, has concluded that eating between meals may secretly sabotage your weight-loss plan.

The study was carried out on a 12-month period and showed that people who eat a healthy breakfast and, before lunch, grab any kind of snack – food or beverage –lower their chances to lose weight with 5 percent. It may not seem a lot…if that 5 percent doesn’t gravitate around you.

Dr. McTiernan explained that it’s mostly women who adopt this eating habit and that the risk increases with the decrease in the interval between meals. “We think this finding may not relate necessarily to the time of day one snacks, but rather to the short interval between breakfast and lunch”, she says.

On the other hand Dr. McTiernan adds that too much time left between meals can be risky, too.

In conclusion, snacking should be seen as a quick meal, taken in response to hunger and not to moodiness or other emotional states or behavioral habits. “Adding a snack might help people deal better with hunger and ultimately help them to make more sound choices at their next meal”, Dr. McTiernan says.