If you want to maintain your attractive figure after Cleveland cosmetic surgery, its important to think about the food youre putting in your mouth. But too often good intentions to eat healthfully are undermined by influences were not even aware of (see our previous post). Rather than thinking about every mouthful, Cornell University food psychologist Brian Wansink recommends adjusting your environment so that nutritious food choices are automatic. In other words, the best path to mindful eating is mindless eating!
The National Mindless Eating Challenge
In the National Mindless Eating Challenge, Cornell University researchers tracked the eating habits of 504 adults. Rather than dieting to lose weight, study participants were asked to make several small changes designed to curb mindless eating habits. At the end of the first 30 days, two-thirds of participants had either lost weight (42%) or maintained their starting weight (27%). The average weight loss was two pounds per month.
During extensive research at Cornells Food and Brand Lab, Wansink discovered that a surprising number of outside factors influence our eating habits. However, research has also found successful ways to keep eating habits back on course:
- Serving food on smaller dinner plates and in smaller bowls tricks us into thinking were getting more food so we eat less. People eat 25% more when food is served on large plates. Tip: Youll consume even fewer calories if you fill your small plate half full of vegetables and fruit.
- Using smaller serving spoons encourages us to put less food on our plate.
- Avoid serving food family style. Portion food onto plates in the kitchen before serving. We eat more when serving dishes are on the table within easy reach.
- Serve juices, alcoholic beverages and other high-calorie drinks in tall thin glasses. People pour 30% more liquid into short, fat glasses than tall, thin ones.
More tips next time
For more advice on snacking secrets, check out one of our previous blogs.