Research led by a psychologist at the University of Liverpool has found that using memories of recent meals reduces the amount of food eaten later on. It also found that being distracted when eating leads to increased consumption.
Researchers analyzed 24 separate studies which had examined the impact of awareness, attention, memory and distraction on how much food we eat.
Lower food consumption
They found that remembering meals, being more aware and paying added attention to meals results in lower food consumption and could help with weight loss programs.
Techniques such as writing down previous meals, using visual reminders of previous meals and keeping food wrappers were found to help with food memories and lead to a reduction in meal sizes.
Beedie Savage – President of Quantum Units Education