Trick Your Brain At Lunch To Lose Weight
Could losing weight be as easy as soup and crackers for lunch a few times a week?
A new study from researchers at Cornell University suggests that it is, but for a reason that may not seem immediately obvious.
The study closely monitored the food intake of 17 volunteers who pigged out as much as they wanted at a lunch buffet for one week. For the next two weeks, half of the group switched to eating one of six commercially available, portion-controlled foods (can of soup, chili, pasta, etc), but were allowed to eat as much as they wanted at other meals and snacks. For the final two weeks, the other half of volunteers followed the same eating regimen.
The results: while eating portion-controlled lunches, each volunteer ate 250 fewer calories per day and lost an average of 1.1 pounds.