by Mariana Bozesan
Most of us seem to think that we overeat because the food tastes really good or we are really hungry. However, scientific experiments performed by Brian Wansink, Ph.D., have shown that we are being lured into overeating through simple eating cues or tricks.
Dr. Wansink, professor of marketing at Cornell University, has been able to show that we drink more if the form of a glass is taller rather than shorter. Also, we tend to eat more M&M when they are sorted by colors.
In his book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
, Wansink shows how our brain works and helps us become more aware when it comes to changing our eating habits. He shows for instance that we tend to eat about 34% more if the buckets or plates are bigger because the portions looks smaller.
One way to avoid being tricked by your own brain or the outside world is to stick to the same size plate, bowl, or bucket every time we eat. Another step toward increasing your awareness and eating less is to reduce the time spent in an eating environment, buy purposefully smaller portions, use opaque candy dishes rather than transparent ones, and drink out of smaller glasses.
No matter what, continue to celebrate your life and make it a masterpiece.