This Plating Hack Can Prevent You From Overeating

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Trying to stick to your 2023 diet goals or feel stuffed with every meal? Turns out this simple trick can actually trick your brain into wanting to eat less!

A team of researchers found that cutting food into small pieces and spreading it out across your dish can trick your brain into thinking you're eating more than you actually are.

According to the study, this works because most people’s meals are determined by portion size instead of how full they feel, so the scattered food helps “individuals to make more rational portion size decisions.”

The funny thing is that even if it’s the same amount of food on the plate, people perceive it as more when it’s spread out with space in between than when it’s gathered together. This can help you avoid overeating, which can also help you prevent unwanted weight gain just because you wanted to have an extra piece of chicken with dinner.

Obviously your mileage still varies based on what you're actually eating, but you know we're trying this hack later tonight!

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