Can I trick myself into believing I’m eating more than I really am?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Dietitian Elizabeth Rahavi discusses if you can trick yourself into believing you are eating more than you really are.

    Host: Can I trick myself into believing I am eating more than I really am?

    Elizabeth Rahavi: Well, fruits and vegetables are certainly one way to trick your mind into thinking that you are eating more than you actually are. In fact, some research studies have come out showing that if you eat broth based or a salad before your entre you can actually consume less calories for the entire meal than if you were just to eat the entre alone. Now, if you are eating with some friends there is some other strategies that you can employ. Think about if you have ever had a time when somebody has been interviewing you over lunch. Chances are that your meal lasted a longer duration or time. Think about the next time you eat with a group of friends interviewing them so that your meals are more about the company that you keep and less about the food that you eat. Now, if you are eating alone there is some other strategies that you can employ. This includes putting your fork down between every 2 to 4 bites or you can try eating with smaller plates and smaller cups, this way it just looks like you have more food on your plate.

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