Diet and Weight Loss: Trick Yourself into Eating Less with Wrapped Candies and Snacks

Be aware of cues that make you munch.

One group of researchers studied roughly 60 female students in their 20s.

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Study 1. The researchers gave each student a bowl of 20 individually wrapped or 20 unwrapped chocolate candies and told her to eat as much as she wanted. After 5 minutes, the students averaged about 5 pieces of unwrapped candy, but only about 3½ pieces of wrapped candy.

Study 2. In a similar experiment, the students ate 5 unwrapped candies that they could grab with their fingers, but only 3½ candies wrapped in transparent foil or unwrapped candies that they had to pick up using tongs.

A second group of scientists used chocolates to see if people are influenced by what others eat. They let 66 students relax in a room with a bowl of chocolates for 10 minutes (before taking a reaction test). When a bowl of wrappers was also present, 72 percent of the participants took a chocolate. When a bowl without wrappers was present, only 45 percent took a chocolate.

What to do: If you’re trying not to snack, keep it wrapped up, out of arm’s reach, or out of sight. And be aware that what others eat may affect how much you eat.

Source: Appetite 71: 89, 2013. Appetite 70: 1, 2013.

 

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One Reply to “Diet and Weight Loss: Trick Yourself into Eating Less with Wrapped Candies and Snacks”

  1. There is something wrong with the next-to-the-last paragraph. It doesn’t make sense. It is talking about wrapped papers not people.

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