It may be time to turn off the TV and pay attention to your dinner as the memory of what you ate keeps your stomach from feeling hungry.
The new research proves that our eyes are really bigger than our stomachs as we relate how full we are to how much food we eye-balled when we sat down to eat.
Researchers in the UK showed 100 adults a bowl of soup containing either a small or large portion and asked them to eat the whole lot.
However those sneaky scientists had rigged some of the bowls with a special tube that either secretly refilled or drained the bowl.
Immediately after eating, the participants hunger levels depended on the amount of soup they had actually scoffed – with those who had big portions saying that felt fuller.
However three hours later, the participants feeling of fullness were only related to how much soup they perceived they'd eaten.
Regardless of how much they'd actually had, those who thought they'd eaten more reported feeling the fullest.
The result means that the memory of our previous meal might have a bigger impact on our appetite than the actual size of the meal.
So how can this help your diet?
Simply pay closer attention to what you are eating.
Known as a mindful eating strategy, it is suggested you take three seconds at the beginning of your meal to examine your food.
Munching on autopilot is more likely to mean you fancy a snack sooner, so taking time to mentally log what you are eating will keep those hunger pangs at bay.
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