British researchers discovered that thinking about what you had for lunch after lunch is over keeps you from bingeing on afternoon snacks.
During a sham taste test, scientists asked men to rate three types of salted popcorn – and encouraged them to eat as much as they wanted. Interestingly, those who were first asked to recall exactly what they had eaten for lunch downed 30% less popcorn than those who were allowed to skip the review session.
“Remembering recent eating might enhance awareness of how satiating the food was, which then has an effect on subsequent consumption,” says study author Suzanne Higgs, PhD. Before your next afternoon snack break, take a minute to think about what you had for lunch and how much you enjoyed it. That could result in your feeling less hungry.
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