1. Ambience is key
When US researchers added soft lighting and gentle music to part of a fast food restaurant, people sitting there consumed less food than those eating in the normal part of the room. This was in spite of both groups eating from the same menu.
Presentation of food helps too. When food arrives plated nicely and in an artistic manner, people usually think that it tastes better, says Oxford University.
2. No gym before the party
It might sound a good buffer for the extra calories you’re going to eat, but it might also make you fall for what psychologists call “moral licensing” – you tend to do give yourself permission to eat more.
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3. Good mood is important
A bad mood causes you to focus on what’s right in front of you, not the wider picture, so you’re more likely to think about how something will taste than other issues like how many calories it contains aor its effect on your cholesterol.
If you can’t change your mood, think of happier things before placing your orders. This has been shown to help people eat less.
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5. Red wine is a better option
According to Iowa Stat University, you are more likely to pour yourself nine per cent less red wine into your glass than white wine. The reason is that there’s a greater contrast in colour between the white and the red so you’re more aware of how much you’re serving.
7. Triple the vegetables
Often a side of vegetables in a restaurant is really like garnish—a carrot and a forkful of squash. When ordering, ask for three or four times the normal serving of veggies, and offer to pay extra.
8. Drink water
It will slow you down, help you enjoy the food more, and let the message get to your brain that you’re full—before your plate is empty.