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100413 Eating less. Ten tricks of the trade to help you lose and then keep off excess body weight.

Eating less. Ten tricks of the trade to help you lose and then keep off excess body weight.

The name of your activity can have an effect on how much you eat especially dessert. In a small study, people going on a “scenic walk” ate more dessert than after going on an identical walk labeled an “exercise walk.”

People who eat from a larger container generally eat more than people who eat from a smaller container. In a small observational study, it was found that people eating from a large bucket of stale popcorn ate 34% more than those eating from a smaller bucket of stale popcorn did.

Cafeterias who gave highly descriptive names to their food saw a 27% rise in sales when compared to the same food with a more common name. For instance, velvety smooth, pure white vanilla ice cream would sell more than vanilla ice cream.

You will eat more the same candy if the candy comes in different colors.

Leaving the serving dish on the table rather than leaving it on the stove or the countertop leads to more calories consumed. Men participating in a small study ate 29% more and women 10% more when the dish was left remained on the table.

Setting next to someone who is eating fast leads to those around this person also eating faster and consuming more calories. Years back, my mother-in-law said that she did not want to set across from me when we ate because she felt she was at the races. Looking back on those days, she was right.

Keeping track of how much you ate leads to less food going into your stomach. A study showed that people ate a lesser amount of chicken wings when they could see the bones of the wings they had already eaten setting in front of them.

What you are eating off of matters. People eating off a Wedgwood China plate reported the food tasted better than when the same food was served on a napkin or paper plate. I wonder how the food would have tasted if it was being eaten off the Wedgwood China plate with a plastic fork?

People eating at Subway underestimated the calories in their meals more so than the calories they thought they were getting in their McDonald’s meals.

Labels make a difference. People ate more M&Ms or trail mix if it was labeled “low-fat” that if the label did not say “low-fat.”

Reference: Brian Wansink

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