Study: Eating more dessert may actually be the key to weight loss

The authors determined that sequential food choices share an interesting correlation with calorie intake. In other words, eat more dessert!

According to a recent study, eating your favorite treats can have a pretty significant influence on portion control.

The study is titledIf I indulge first, I will eat less overall: The unexpected interaction effect of indulgence and presentation order on consumption.”


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The influence of sweets

The authors of the study determined that sequential food choices share an interesting correlation with calorie intake.

At a buffet for instance, if an individual begins by selecting a calorie-heavy dessert (not eating mind you, just merely selecting) that decision is enough to implore said individual to choose lower-calorie options or fewer food options, in general, to offset their initial choice.

A cafeteria was employed for the first experiment illustrated by the study. Over the course of four days participants were offered four different dessert options: fresh fruit placed before the main meal and side dish options, lemon cheesecake placed before the main meal and side dish options, fresh fruit placed after main meal and side dish options, and lemon cheesecake placed after main meal and side dish options.

Nearly 70% of the participants that chose the cheesecake went on to select healthier savory dishes. Conversely only a third of those that chose fruit before the savory dishes went on to choose something healthy later. On balance individuals that picked cheesecake first, consumed 250 fewer calories by the time the meal was over.

The study identifies calorie heavy desserts as clever deterrents for consuming more calories than you need to after consumption. A valid deliberation certainly, but it’s important to remember that sugary desserts also have their place in a balanced diet.

Researchers at Loma Linda University conducted a study on college students in an attempt to scientifically legitimize chocolate as a powerful mood booster. The results motioned that, in moderation, chocolate is a certified healthy snack, biologically and in the abstract.

Dark chocolate has been linked to improving cardiovascular health and the prevention of certain kinds of cancer. Additionally, a study previously reported on by Ladders showed recipients of chocolate experiencing a surge in oxytocin, a hormone vital for regulating stress and happiness levels.

Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz of Tel Aviv University. corroborates the findings found in the Journal Of Experimental Psychology’s recent report, saying: “Carbs and protein eaten at breakfast keep us full throughout the day, and allowing ourselves some sweets helps to curb cravings for these foods,”

Utilize desserts strategically, both as a caution against imbibing too many calories and as a tasty resource for essential nutrients.


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CW Headley|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at cheadley@theladders.com.