-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Dec. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Believing you had a large
meal can make you feel less hungry hours after the meal, a finding
that could lead to new methods of weight control, researchers
Their study included volunteers who were given what appeared to
be either a small or large portion of soup for lunch. The
researchers, however, manipulated the amount of soup the volunteers
actually consumed by using a hidden pump that could refill or empty
a soup bowl without the eater noticing.
Immediately after they ate, the volunteers' level of hunger
matched the amount of soup they had eaten, not the amount they had
seen just before eating. But two to three hours after lunch, those
who had seen a larger portion of soup had significantly lower
levels of hunger than those who had seen a smaller portion.
Twenty-four hours after eating the soup, more of the volunteers
who had seen a larger portion of soup believed that the portion
they had consumed would satisfy their hunger, according to the
study published Dec. 5 in the journal
The findings show that memory makes an independent contribution
to feeling full after a meal, said the researchers, from the
University of Bristol in England.
The results could be used to find new ways to reduce people's
calorie intake, they concluded in a journal news release.
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
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