Trick Your Brain into Eating Less When You're Dining Out
We all know that restaurants tend to use more oils, fat and sugars in their food preparation. These seven lab-tested strategies for cutting back go beyond sharing entrées and skipping dessert.
By Jena Pincott
Keep a Messy Table
A meal's carnage—for instance, leftover bones, fatty scraps and rinds—acts as an "environmental cue" to stop eating. When diners at an all-you-can-eat chicken-wing buffet chowed down at unbussed tables, they ate significantly less food than those whose tables had been cleared between courses. The sight of empty beer cans and wine bottles may also reduce alcohol consumption, say the study's authors, Cornell University's Brian Wansink and Collin Payne.