A recent episode of a program I spoke about already, ‘Secret Eaters’ tested the influence of pause points on how much we eat.
It seems like stating the obvious but just give it a thought. Research shows that we are likely to eat much more food if we do not use pause points in our eating process. For example, when we have a large sharing bag of crisps, we will continue eating even when we no longer feel the need to eat more, just because the pack is open and there is much more available to us. However, if we have the same quantity of crisps but in smaller individual packs, we would eat much less, simply because we would need to reach for, and open a whole new pack.
Also, the empty packs would act as a reminder to how much we have actually eaten, once again resulting in a decreased amount of crisps consumed.
What does this mean to our diet? First of all, share the sharing bags, that is what they are meant for :P But try to adapt this research on a larger scale. A year ago I lived in a studio flat, where access to the kitchen and therefore access to food was easy, the fridge was literally always staring at me. Moving into standard university halls changed that as now the kitchen is a walk away, meaning I am much less likely to grab a snack, and so the distance between myself, and the food in itself is a pause point.
Pause points give you an opportunity to consider whether you actually need more food. Use them!
Love, hellotummys xx