Ever notice how a bag of mini-chocolates is so much more appealing than a bar of the same stuff? You’re not the only one who feels that way.
Researchers from Arizona State University discovered that smaller pieces of food are more filling and satisfying to people than a single piece of the same food.
Scientists recruited 301 people, and gave each a bagel that was uncut or chopped into quarters. Twenty minutes later, they were told they could eat as much or as little from a complimentary test lunch. Researchers then monitored how much of the bagel and meal participants ate.
Here’s what they found: People who were given the uncut bagel ate more calories from the bagel and the meal than those who started out with the quartered bagel.
So, if you’re trying to get in shape, cut up your food into little pieces before you eat. It’ll help you slim down—and make you feel more full in the process.