A British study (2017) by the Psychological Society has shown that the way we perceive the meal we have eaten can affect our feelings of fullness and consequent meal choices and consumption later in the day.
It sounds unbelievable but what they found was that study subjects fed a three egg omelette for breakfast – but were told it contained two eggs -reported hunger feelings earlier and ate more food throughout the rest of the day than when (on a separate occasion) they consumed a three egg omelette but were told it contained four eggs. Crucially there was no difference in measured hunger hormones in the subjects after the omelettes, (no surprise as they both contained the same number of eggs) suggesting that our mental perception of how much we’ve eaten can significantly influence food intake later on.
I find it interesting that the mind can exert a stronger influence on food intake that bodily signals. It does explain though why at times we eat from emotional cues, unrelated to sensations of hunger.
To reap the benefits of this mind-body relationship you can trick your mind into thinking your body’s had enough food by piling your plate with high volume low calorie foods, like, (you’ve guessed it,!) salad or vegetables.
Bring on the veggies!