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To not understand the point of 'snacking'

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Phillipaaa Wed 31-May-17 16:55:27

I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have never aten between or after meals. The reason for this is because I wasn't brought up with it.

I'm not hungry inbetween meals but then I do have decent sized portions for each meal.

I'd never be someone to sit down after evening meal with a packet of crisps.

Is this really unusual? when I go to my friends houses they seem to be constantly eating.

Figaro2017 Wed 31-May-17 16:56:50

Good for you.

YoloSwaggins Wed 31-May-17 17:00:17

I think snacking has become part of our culture what with "Graze" boxes, snacking time in childrens activities, cake in the office, etc.

I usually snack at 4ish because 7 hours is a long time between lunch and dinner. I don't like to feel "stuffed" after meals so I'll be hungry about 4 hours after one.

Phillipaaa Wed 31-May-17 17:01:28

I don't have an issue with it. People can eat what they like. I'm just curious really.

I'd not see the need to eat in between meals. I have my dinner at 5:30pm though.

AdalindSchade Wed 31-May-17 17:01:43

There isn't a point. But people do it. Maybe it's more complex than just hunger eh?

ChildishGambino Wed 31-May-17 17:01:44

I agree - I find it weird when it's not a meal time and people go, "do you want some nuts?" Or a "little sandwich?" thanks!

PrinceAli Wed 31-May-17 17:02:55

to not understand the point of 'snacking'

Well what it is, is that some people are hungry in between meals. So then they eat.

YoloSwaggins Wed 31-May-17 17:04:55

I have my dinner at 5:30pm though

5:30?!? Well, there's your answer.

I have dinner at 8-8:30, hence can't last that long without snacking...

Crabbo Wed 31-May-17 17:05:45

I eat 3 big meals (as in the portion size is often too big for guests) and then I snack a few times in between as well. My bmi is 18 so it's obviously not too much for me - people have different appetites and metabolisms, what's the problem?

PurpleDaisies Wed 31-May-17 17:05:52

Isn't it obvious? confused

I'm not sure what there is to "get" really. Either people or hungry or they just fancy eating something.

SusannahL Wed 31-May-17 17:06:34

I have noticed this too op.

No wonder there is such a massive obesity problem in this country.

blackteasplease Wed 31-May-17 17:07:49

People have different metabolisms though and their digestive systems are different.

Many need to eat little and often especially if they are slimmer.

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Wed 31-May-17 17:08:13


5.30pm though, early for dinner. I have dinner 2-3 hours after that, so get hungry and need a snack. That's pretty much it.

PurpleDaisies Wed 31-May-17 17:08:29

No wonder there is such a massive obesity problem in this country.

That depends entirely on what the snacks are.

I can't see how eating the same banana with my breakfast rather than at morning break will make me thinner.

Snap8TheCat Wed 31-May-17 17:08:35

Do you never eat outside of your mealtimes?

ShinyGirl Wed 31-May-17 17:09:16

Well done you.

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Wed 31-May-17 17:09:48

SusannahL LOL, because someone snacks does not make them obese. I have a morning and afternoon snack and I am small.

reallybadidea Wed 31-May-17 17:10:04

I don't get why some people eat their evening meal at 5.30. It would feel totally alien to me to sit down for a big dinner at what is for me, the middle of the afternoon. Plus the fact that I'd be at work!

Fiona1984 Wed 31-May-17 17:11:16

I have a fast metabolism, and get ridiculously hungry between meals. I can't eat a lot at once either.
My BMI is around 19 or 20.

DotForShort Wed 31-May-17 17:11:19

I do think the snacking culture has got a bit out of control. At children's activities, a snack seems to be included no matter the time of day or length of the activity. I've never been in the habit of regularly snacking (though I do occasionally) and I don't eat at all after the evening meal. OTOH, my husband can't get through an evening without pretzels or something similar.

EsAreGood Wed 31-May-17 17:11:48

I've noticed this too, OP.

Plus, the word "snack" or "snacking" really sets my teeth on edge.

It makes me think of a spoiled snotty nosed kid called Joshua or Sebastian who can't possibly be expected to last a full two or three hours between meals so must have a snack of something organic and terribly healthy.

SusannahL Wed 31-May-17 17:12:06

Well it would be fine if it was just a banana but they are usually chomping on burgers or some other fattening food.

showmeislands Wed 31-May-17 17:13:22

What's not to get? People eat out of hunger or for enjoyment. I don't eat big meals as I don't like to feel stuffed, so tend to eat smaller things 5-6 times a day, little and often. You could call it snacking. No obesity issue here, I've always been slim. It's whatever you prefer!

PurpleDaisies Wed 31-May-17 17:13:39

Well it would be fine if it was just a banana but they are usually chomping on burgers or some other fattening food.


That's not normal snacking for anyone I know.

Nancy91 Wed 31-May-17 17:15:01

I've noticed this too, I think it's a boredom thing. Eating for something to do.

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