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TheDailyMeal: Mind Tricks to Fool Yourself Into Eating Less

Cut Up Your Food Into Smaller Pieces

Arizona State University's psychology department released a study two months ago, reporting that cutting a food into smaller pieces can trick our brains into thinking we're eating more than we are, so we eat less.

Researchers gave 301 college students an 82-gram bagel each, either uncut or cut into four pieces. After they ate as much of the bagel as they wanted, they were treated to a free lunch that served them each a measured amount of food. Students who ate the uncut bagel ate more calories — from the bagel and test meal combined — than the students who have been given the bagel in four pieces.

Next time you eat a sandwich, try cutting it into four pieces. Similarly, a cookie or candy bar can be broken into smaller pieces — an easy task with a Hershey's chocolate bar that already has been molded into multiple breakable pieces.

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