A research shows that people eat less when they are offered a bigger number of smaller pieces of food, than when it is one bigger piece in front of them.
If you want to lose weight, break the food that you plan to eat into pieces. In fact, studies have shown that people eat less when they are offered a bigger number of smaller pieces of food, than when it is one bigger piece in front of them – even if both options have the same amount of calories.
The experts cannot explain the exact reasons for this behavior, but they believe that the optical illusion plays an important role. The brain and the stomach are deceived that the amount of the broken food is larger than the one of the single piece.
Therefore, one cake will suddenly become sufficient if you split it into four parts, and then eat it.
The US scientists have observed more than 300 people while they were eating pastry. They gave to some of the people pastry cut into four parts, while the others ate the whole piece. Twenty minutes later, they were offered another meal and they were allowed to eat as much as they wanted. However, those whose pastry was cut into quarters ate less of the pastry, and later less of the other offered meal.
Another possible explanation is that we eat the sliced food more slowly, and thus we give a chance to our body to tell us that we are full.
The additional experiments with rats confirmed the results. Devina Wadhera, the head of the research team from Arizona State University, said: “The breaking of energy-rich food into smaller pieces can help those who want to lose weight because it will be easier to control the amount of the food they eat”.