First you have to empty your plate, and then you can only have dessert, you are always taught. But new research shows that the other way around is smarter if you want to lose weight.
Fan of a dessert? New research shows that eating a dessert for your main meal helps you eat fewer calories. I will explain to you exactly how this works.
What was already known?
Various studies have shown that our eating behavior is influenced by our environment. For example, you tend to eat more from larger portions or are closer to delicacies.
The order of your food choices seems to have an influence. The interesting result was that the group that initially started with a healthy fruit salad ate a lot more calories, averaging 830 calories. On average 582 kilocalories in the group that started with a cheesecake.
What does this research add?
Various studies have shown that our eating behavior is influenced by our environment. For example, we tend to eat more from larger portions, or as delicacies closer to us. You probably recognize this yourself. As soon as you are closer to the snacks at a party, you will eat those tasty snacks much faster.
On the other hand, it also appears that the environment can help us make healthier choices. For example, we are more likely to opt for a healthier snack when it is more readily available than an unhealthy snack. It is important that you have the goal to eat healthier.
Current research has looked at whether it matters how the order of offering a type of meal influences our eating behavior. Imagine you go to a running buffet and you offer people a dessert or a main course first. Does that make a difference in whether we make healthier choices?
134 respondents were offered varying meals for 4 days. They could start with a dessert or with a main course. For dessert, they could choose between a fresh fruit salad or a cheesecake. And with the main course they could choose between chicken fajitas with a side dish of lettuce or fish and chips.
Just for the record: the cheesecake and the fish and chips contain the most calories.
The researchers were then curious in which situation they ate the most. For example, do you opt for a healthier main meal after a cheese cake or would you prefer the fish and chips?
It turned out that the respondents who started the cheesecake subsequently opted more often for the chicken fajitas with a side dish of lettuce. The group that started with the fruit salad chose the fish and chips more often.
The interesting result was that the group that initially started with a healthy fruit salad ate a lot more calories, averaging 830 calories. On average 582 kilocalories in the group that started with a cheesecake.
Another interesting result is that this effect did not occur when the dessert was chosen after the main course. In other words, the respondents did not compensate for the high-calorie main meal.
A number of comments can be made about this research. Including the following:
First, the distinction in this study between healthy and unhealthy was easy to make. But imagine taking a bowl of strawberries with whipped cream. Is that healthy, for example? And suppose someone thinks a recipe is reasonably healthy, what further choice would someone make?
Secondly, respondents had only a limited choice per meal type. While at most restaurants you can choose from many more recipes. The question is then whether the same effect will occur as emerged within this study.
Thirdly, this is the first exploratory study of short duration. Future research should repeat this result to provide more clarity.
Furthermore, the question is whether it is feasible for people to first structurally choose the dessert for dinner. This is quite a change in eating habits that few people are used to.
By S.van der Tap Pd.Internet Marketer Founder Of digitalstico.com