Can You Trick Yourself into Eating Less to Lose Weight?
Every now and then you hear about some amazing new diet trick that people have been using to reduce their overall food intake. What they don’t tell you is that most of these “tricks” don’t work. They might sound good in concept, but putting them into a practical study often shows very different results. We are going to look at a few of these tricks and see how they affect your actual weight loss.
A Smaller Plate
A lot of dieters have heard of this little cheat. If you simply use a smaller plate, then you will eat less. It makes sense, right? If your plate is smaller, then less food will be able to fit on it.
But the problem with that is that most people are just going to eat until they are full. So while you may not be able to put a lot of food on the tiny plate you have picked out for yourself, you will likely go back for seconds or thirds until you are full. Because you may incorrectly judge how much you are putting on your plate since the size changed, you may actually end up eating more. Yikes! So in theory, you assume this trick helps with eating less to lose weight, but in reality, you’re eating more portions.
A study was actually conducted using this concept. What it found was that women who used a small plate ate the same amount as they did before they switched plate sizes. The size of the plate played absolutely no role in how much food they consumed.
Watering Down Your Drinks and Soups
Some dieters will try to add more water to what they are drinking or eating. This can apply to any filler content. Maybe they add more celery to a dish to make it seem like more than it is.
What this does is present the exact same problem as above. You just won’t feel as full. Your body can’t properly fill up on water, and it will still crave food. So while you may find that drinking your meal with some extra water makes it look like more or adding some extra broth to the soup will make it last longer, you are just going to end up coming back for more.
Yes, there are people who will tell themselves “one serving and no more.” They may even be able to stick to that promise. But most people are going to look for more food to eat. They may not always go back to the same food either. They may fill up with something unhealthy.
Ultimately, the lesson you have to take away from this is that you can’t trick your body into thinking that it is eating more than it actually is. For the majority of people, this simply isn’t going to be effective. You can’t trick your body into eating less, but you can actively start eating less to lose weight effectively.
Eating Low Fat Foods
If you eat low-fat food all the time instead of foods that are recommended for your diet, then you may find that you aren’t actually losing the weight you thought you would. That’s because many fat-free or low-fat foods are actually high in sugar. Sugar just translates into more fat, and it is often used to pad out low-fat foods or make them taste more appetizing.
You see, fat is a big part of what makes many foods taste good. Salt and sugar both solve the problem of a lack of fat, but they don’t help your waistline much. You may be tricking your brain into thinking you are eating healthy foods, but you probably aren’t actually eating any healthier.
A lot of foods can be labelled as being low in fat when in reality, the sugar and carbs in that food turn into fat once it gets into your body. Perhaps more of it will be burned off as energy than it would if it was just pure fat, but it still isn’t good for you.
You can solve this problem by eating foods that you make yourself or by watching the sugar content on what you eat. Just keep in mind that there are more sugars to be concerned about than just those named sugar. Glucose, syrup, sucrose and a ton of others are simply synonyms for sugar. You definitely want to be aware of these sugar-alike foods.