Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?

Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach? Restaurants are notorious for providing serving sizes much larger than what you'd consider sensible at home. A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research offers a novel tip for tricking your brain's satiety mechanism into thinking you're full.

Researchers provided subjects with either a smaller or larger fork for eating oversized portions at an Italian restaurant. Those with larger utensils ate significantly less, and scientists theorized that was because visual cues took over for satiety signals that typically require at least 15 minutes to kick in.

True Strength Moment: The subconscious goal of your typical restaurant patron is to satisfy hunger. That's why they're willing to go through the motions of waiting on seating, service and payment of the bill. Getting more food onto a larger fork satisfies this need better than a smaller utensil. Too bad this technique doesn't work on smaller restaurant portions or when dining at home. Why not? You've already exercised restraint in those situations.
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