Researchers had 120 women drink either a thick 270-calorie smoothie or a thin 75-calorie smoothie while distracted by either an easy or a difficult computer task. Then they were offered potato chips and similar snacks.
The women ate about half as many chips—and reported feeling more full—after drinking the higher-calorie smoothie than after drinking the lower-calorie smoothie…but only after doing the easy task. After the harder, more-distracting task, the women ate as many chips and felt equally full, regardless of whether they had polished off a higher-calorie or lower-calorie smoothie.
What to do: Keep in mind that eating may not curb your appetite or make you feel as full if you were distracted while you ate.
The information in this post first appeared in the December 2020 issue of Nutrition Action Healthletter.
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