You may be fat because you simply cannot taste it. At least that’s what researchers at Deakin University believe. Their new study in the journal Appetite suggests people with a low “taste-threshold for fat” are more likely to overeat due to impaired satiety signals that normally come with a rich meal.
But overindulging isn’t just influenced by food choices. There’s ample research to suggest healthy eating is a highly sensory experience, and everything from the color of our plates to the sounds in the room may trigger a mindless binge.
1. Dine by candlelight.
Taking time to set the mood may increase your meal satisfaction, making you less likely to overeat. A study of fast food restaurants published in the journal Psychological Reports found that customers who dined in a relaxed environment with dimmed lights and mellow music ate 175 fewer calories per meal than if they were in a more typical restaurant environment.
2. Use contrasting plates.
Turns out the color of the plates we’re using may be as beneficial to healthy living as a colorful diet. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that participants who …read more