Food & Eating / December 6, 2012

Diet Detective’s News You Should Use: Counting Foods and More Self Control

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Diet Detective’s News You Should Use: Counting Foods

In fact, when the researchers asked participants to actually count how many times they swallowed an unhealthy snack, the participants were satisfied more quickly and demonstrated greater self-control. Monitoring how much they ate made those with low self-control behave like those with high self-control ­ another reason to keep some sort of detailed food diary and track food intake specifically. One important side note: The researchers caution that “Dieters should focus on the quantity of unhealthy foods but not the quantity of healthy foods. Monitoring healthy foods could actually be counterproductive to the goal of a healthier diet.”






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