STATES CHRONICLE – More and more people are concerned with what they eat, how much they eat and how they look. Although eating in itself is not a problem, there are many persons who do have to pay more attention to it as they are struggling with health problems such as obesity.
According to a new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Brigham Young University in Utah, focusing on your eating sound could make you eat less. This is why, it is recommended that you turn off all other sounds, such as TV, radio or any other sources to be able to hear yourself chewing.
In the study published in Food Quality and Preference, the scientists made three experiments. One of the experiments showed that people eat less when they hear the sound of their food. The researchers compared how much people ate with music, and how much without.
The people in the music group ate 1.2 pretzels more each than the people who didn’t listen to music. Although the difference is not that big, if you were to some up all your meals for a year, then it will really make a difference.
Similar to a study in which participants were asked to look in the mirror while they were eating, which made them less likely to finish their food, this studies suggests the same: being more conscious about the taste, the appearance and the sound of your food and even more importantly the way you look and sound when you’re eating could have a great impact on your dietary habits.
Somehow, the brain has a lot do to with your hunger and appetite. Listening to crunches while eating potato chips instead of listening to music might make you eat less of the unhealthy snack. Given the studies and experiments made so far, if you try to hear the sounds of your food while also looking at yourself in the mirror when you’re eating could actually cut your appetite by half.
All in all, if you are willing to eat less but experience problems with that, you should try to pay more attention to your food. In this way, you will be able to stop earlier and maybe even lose weight in time.
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