‘You are what you eat’? ‘You are what you think you eat,’ experts are now saying.
Do you think that sandwich really filled you up? The bean sprouts, avocado and cheese may feel like chef’s magic. Aside from the actual contents themselves though, simply believing in the power of your food can be key in the struggle to lose weight, experts have found.
Research led by Steven Brown from Sheffield Hallam University in England discovered that when you believe you’ve eaten more, you feel fuller for longer. And conversely, when you believe you haven’t eaten that much, you’re likely to eat more later on in the day.
The study involved 26 participants, a bunch of eggs and some cooking. Participants were given an omelet to eat for breakfast made from 3 eggs. Some were told it was made from just 2 eggs though, and others that it contained a filling 4.
What was found? Those who believed their omelet was smaller reported feeling significantly more hungry after 2 hours. They went on to eat larger amounts of lunch and to consume more calories during the day than those who believed they had eaten a large breakfast.
“As part of the study, we were able to take blood samples from participants throughout their visits,” said Stephen Brown. “Having analyzed levels of ghrelin, a known hunger hormone, our data also suggest that changes in reported hunger and the differences in later consumption are not due to a differences in participants’ physical response to the food,” he added.
The discovery falls in line with previous work that found eating off of small plates can help you to eat less, as well.
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