Good Morning America: David Zinczenko + ‘Eat it to Beat it’ Review
Gio Benitez teamed u[ with David Zinczenko, ABC News nutrition and wellness contributor and author of Eat It To Beat It, as he shared his six secrets to smart snacking.
As Gio said, snacks may look and feel small when we eat a little bit at a time, but constant grazing can add up and make you gain weight.
GMA: 6 Secrets to Smart Snacking
The first tip was “it’s all about timing”. David said you shouldn’t snack in the morning, because people who do so, tend to snack more throughout the day. He said there’s no reason to snack in the morning because if you are, it means your breakfast is broken.
The second tip was to add a little color. David explained that you’re going to be aware of every bite if it has color and “variety is the spice of life.” This reminded me of how I was always told to “eat the rainbow every day” because fruits and vegetables are most often the most colorful foods, at least when you’re eating whole foods.
The third tip was to add protein. As Gio said, “muscle up your munchies”. A great way to do this is to eat Greek Yogurt rather than regular yogurt. David explained that protein requires more energy to burn than carbs or fat, so you stay fuller longer. He also suggested looking for lower sugar and higher protein in your yogurt.
Good Morning America: Smaller Bowls for Better Snacking
Tip number four was to swap hands. David said if you eat with your non-dominant hand, you’re more aware of every bite. I’ve also heard of doing this because it makes you eat slower, which gives you more time to realize you’re full.
Tip number five was to use smaller bowls. David said when you eat from a big bowl, you eat up to 16% more. So grab a small dish and save yourself the calories.
The last tip was “don’t be duped”. A recent Cornell study showed people ate 28% more when it said low-fat because they think it’s healthier.
Some great snack options include almonds and popcorn, served inside a small bowl of course!