Eat Smart! Finding Hidden Food Traps
Unless you take time to measure everything you eat, you may be falling into “hidden food traps”.
People don’t realize how much they are eating, according to Brian Wansink, PhD, whose research has focused on perceived consumption vs. actual consumption.
One study Wansink conducted found that something as simple as the shape of a glass increased the serving size. Even though both glasses had the same volume, people poured about 37 percent more liquid in short, wide glasses than in tall, skinny glasses.
“Most of us have too much chaos going on in our lives to consciously focus on every bite we eat . . . The secret is to change your environment so it works for you rather than against you,” said Wansink during a presentation at the American Psychological Association’s 119th Annual Convention.
So how do you make this work for you? By making these few changes, participants in a Wansink study lost up to two pounds a month.
- Eat off of salad plates instead of dinner plates
- Keep healthier food at eye-level in the fridge and cupboards, and keep unhealthy food s out of sight
- Eat in a dining area and not in front of the TV