04 Sep 2018

NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE SUMMER?

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NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT BEFORE SUMMER?

MINDSET DURING MEAL PLANNING CHANGES FOOD CHOICES AND BRAIN RESPONSES TO FOOD

 A simple instruction to change your thinking as mealtime approaches can help cut calories, according to new research from the University of Tübingen, Germany.

By encouraging study participants to concentrate on different types of information when planning their meal, the experimenters saw portion sizes shift.

Adopting a health-focused mindset produced better outcomes than focusing on pleasure or the desire to fill up.

Compared to the control condition (no mindset instruction), participants in all weight categories selected smaller portions when prompted to think about health.

By contrast, those who adopted the fullness mindset took larger portions.

In pleasure mindset condition, obese participants selected larger portions than normal-weight participants.

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