You Can Totally Avoid Overeating, and Here’s How

by Anna Maltby

Stephanie FoleyStephanie Foley
Hitting up lots of summer BBQs right about now? Well, here's a research-backed way to skip out on that "Oh god, I'm going to have to make up for this tomorrow on the elliptical" feeling--serve yourself only the amount you truly want to have eaten when all is said and done.


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A new Cornell University study of 1,179 people finds that adults eat an average of 92 percent of what we put on our plates. The number is actually higher for meals, when we polish off almost 93 percent of our food, than for snacks, which we only scarf down 76 percent of.

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Now, you could interpret this as yet another we're-all-eating-too-much study, or you could think of it as an indication that you have more control over your calorie intake than you think. "Just knowing that you're likely to consume almost all of what you serve yourself can help you be more mindful of appropriate portion size," study author Brian Wansink, Ph.D., Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, said in a release. So ignore your growling belly (and that tempting potato salad) for a sec and really think about the total amount of food you'd ideally like to eat--and serve yourself accordingly.

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