For those sick of counting calories and not losing an ounce of weight, there may be an easier way to drop some poundage. Environmental cues influence how much and how often we eat. By changing the cues, we can unconsciously cut how much we munch.
Remember the old adage “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach?” The human appetite is influenced by visual cues, making us pitiful judges when it comes to determining when it's time to put down the fork…or the potato chips. Clinicians often tell people to eat less but don’t give them the tools to do it easily. Here are five ways to trick your brain and your appetite:
Other factors that influence what and how much we eat include the ambiance. Eating in a nice environment, free of noisy chatter under gentle light, reduces appetite signals. So the next time you have dinner planned, break out the blue salad plates and straight-edged glasses and dine under the flattering glow of candlelight, you might be surprised how much your diet can benefit from a few cue-altering changes.