Scientists have come again o. Apart from eating with a fork to loose weight, they have proposed another interesting way to lose weight without exercise.
According to a new study, watching yourself eat unhealthy foods in the mirror means you find them less tasty – and you are less motivated to eat them again.
Ata Jamie, professor of consumer behaviour and decision-making at the University of Central Florida, used two groups of undergraduate students for her study, looking at whether eating in front of a mirror affected how each group ate.
Half of the 185 students ate facing a mirror, while the other half were put in a space where they were unable to see their reflections.
Each student was asked to choose between a piece of chocolate cake and a can of fruit salad, based on taste.
After sampling their food choices, they were then asked questions about the food – and whether they’d want to eat it again.
It turns out the students who ate cake in front of the mirror had less desire to try the food again, while those who opted for the healthier fruit salad reported no change in their preferences.
To explain this shift, Jami told The Washington Post:
‘You don’t want to see yourself eating unhealthy products because that does not match with standards of healthy eating.
‘The disconnect makes people feel uncomfortable — even if they don’t realise why.’
He added: ‘They are looking for a reason for why they’re not feeling so good, so they think, “maybe there is something wrong with the food”.’
According to Jamie, they look for an external factor to blame, which makes it easier to ‘tolerate that negative feeling.’
So will you eat(that ‘unhealthy food) in front of mirror and see if it works? Let me know your results.