When it comes to the amount of food we eat, do we over indulge because our eyes are bigger than our stomachs?
A study conducted by Cornell University professor and psychologist Brian Wansink says that is why a lot of us overeat.
He is the author of the book “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think.”
Wansink presented his research results to the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC on August 5th.
The study consisted of a group of participants who were given bowls of food that were mechanically filled from the bottom, unknown to them. A second group was given regular bowls, which were not refilled, once emptied. The group that ate from the bottomless bowls ate 73% more food before realizing that they were full. Wansink says that many people gauge their fullness by an empty plate or bowl, rather than a full stomach.
A solution to overeating may be as simple as using a smaller salad plate instead of a large dinner plate. Also, Wansink suggests keeping fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible and in plain sight. Snack foods should be kept out of sight. Using these tips, better health can result from mindless eating!