If you are looking for a simple yet effective way to lose weight then a new study may have the answer you are looking for.
According to a study by Portland State University those who eat with a fork instead of a spoon wanted less food, with those who ate using a food finding that they would eat more gradually with each bite seeming smaller.
This resulted in fewer calories being consumed, which will undoubtedly lead to weight loss occurring.
What occurred in the study?
In the study published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research the test participants were asked to take part in a series of experiments.
These experiments involved the participants eating a bit sized sample of food; for example a chocolate cake, while using either a spoon or a fork.
The participants were then asked how many calories they thought they had consumed, as well as being asked if they wanted any further pieces of cake.
The study showed that those who ate using the fork were more satisfied with what they ate so consumed fewer calories overall.
The lead author of the study Dr Dipayan Biswas, a marketing professor at the University of South Florida had this to say about the results:
“In most cases when we eating at home, a friend’s place or a restaurant we might reach for the fork or the spoon based on what’s given to us or based on what’s most convenient.”
“The findings of our research show whether you eat the same food with a spoon or a fork has strong implications for how much food you eat.”
“In most cases it might be a wise decision to eat the food with a fork.”
“Chances are you’ll eat less.”
How does food psychology impact your appetite?
This is not the first time that scientists have looked at the effects of food psychology as in the past they have discovered a number of surprising things that could effect what you eat and the amount you eat.
For example, if you were to eat yoghurt off a lightweight, plastic spoon you would find it to be more filling than if you ate it off a silver one.