People eat snacks not only because they taste good, but also because they are motivated by ideas about what they supposedly can do for them, a new study has revealed. Today, roughly a quarter of the calories in the American diet come from snacks, the report said. "Everyone is constantly eating, especially foods that are convenient to buy and hold," ABC News quoted Phil Lempert, a food-industry analyst in Santa Monica, California, as saying. Recalling a research that was released at the end of last year may help explain why these between-meal bites have such power over us. The study had rolled out benefits of eating more frequently, as opposed to sticking to three main meals. Their theory was that regularly stoking your metabolism with food could actually help you burn more calories. As a result, nutritionists began advocating an eating plan that distributed the total daily calories (around 1,800 for a 130-pound woman) among five or six "mini meals" eaten three to four hours apart. But unfortunately, too many people simply added two or three smaller meals (at 250 to 300 calories each) to their usual 400-to 500-calorie breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and ended up overeating, all in the name of better health. The study has been published in The Journal of Nutrition.Source: ANI << Cancer Patient Survival can be Improved by Smaller, Faster ... Ill Effects of Devastating Kidney Disease Narrowed Down to ... >> Recommended Reading Obese Individuals Cannot Resist High-Calorie Foods A new study has revealed that people who are obese do not have the same ability to resist high calorie food items compared to those who are of normal weight. READ MORE Intense Exercise Helps Burn Calories All Day Vigorous fitness training helps our bodies to burn calories hours after workout, finds study. READ MORE McDonald’s Will Now Display Calorie Content of Items on Menu Information about the calories contained in the items on the menu is the latest endeavor of the famous McDonald's, as an effort to help people make informed food choices. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Low Calorie Diet Low calorie meals or diet include foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Updated information about low calorie diet or low calorie foods and its health benefits. READ MORE Turn This Diwali into a Lighter Sweeter Celebration Diwali is just round the corner! Its tough to stay health-conscious but still we are giving you a few easy tips to manage your calories and remain in shape. READ MORE Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts The importance of eating food and the physiological, psychological and social functions of food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Iron Intake Calculator Accident and Trauma Care More News on: Low Calorie DietWhy Do We Eat - Nutrition FactsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!Turn This Diwali into a Lighter Sweeter CelebrationChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?