STATES CHRONICLE – One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is losing weight and here’s a tip: eating in front of a mirror makes you eat less.
Before paying for a gym subscription when you know you’re probably not make it to the gym because of your busy schedule, take a look at what you’re eating. No, I’m not saying you should start a diet or starve yourself, but you should literally look at your food and at yourself while you’re eating.
Most of you probably know already that how much we eat does not necessarily depend on how hungry we are. Although our stomach does control some of our appetite, so does our brain. We eat many things because they look good. We also tend to eat everything that’s on our plate, although we already had enough and we’re full.
According to a new study, the solution is to eat in front of a mirror. The findings showed that when you see yourself eating, the food suddenly doesn’t seem as tasty. The study was conducted at the University of Central Florida on two groups of students.
All students were asked to choose between chocolate cake and fruit salad and were told this was a taste test. Half of the students ate while facing a mirror, and the other half ate in a separate mirror-less room.
The result was that the students eating cake in front of the mirror found it less tasty than the ones who didn’t look in the mirror. However, there were no differences between the ones eating fruit salad.
The explanation is quite simple: it’s all in the brain. Just as we look at ourselves in the mirror and we happen to not like what we see, like a hair is misplaced or we didn’t iron our shirt, the same goes for eating. We simply don’t like seeing ourselves eating unhealthy food.
Of course, if the subjects didn’t know that chocolate cake could have negative impacts on their bodies and health, maybe they would have liked it either way. Therefore, seeing yourself in a mirror while you’re eating makes you feel more self-conscious.
All in all, the study suggests that placing mirrors in your kitchen or dining room might make you change your eating habits and reconsider that last piece of cake. Moreover, the same could happen in restaurants.
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