5 thoughts on “Counting Calories: Do You Want a Half-Order of Fries With That?

  • January 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Wansink has done some interesting research in the area of Mindful and Mindless eating, which you are probably aware. There is a growing body of research investigating cognitive/ behavioral nutrition. I think this line of research will be huge in the following years. I think most people know that ingesting cals below maintenance level is the primary determinant of weight loss. The question is how do we get them to do that without thinking to much?

    • January 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

      Yes, I agree–it’s already starting with, for example, the 100 calorie snack packs of cookies, popcorn, etc. Of course. they don’t work if you eat four at a sitting. Back when we actually were served food on airplanes, I would sometimes immediately smash the bag of chips to crumbs so I wouldn’t eat them.

      Wasink’s work is fascinating and I will reference it in my next post.

  • March 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I’m all for small portions and plates, but a good number of my new weight-management clients report downing many small portions in one sitting, or taking second, third and fourth helpings on small plates. Rather than restocking your cupboard with Barbie doll-sized dinnerware, try what Sophie’s suggesting: mindful eating. You’ve got nothing to lose except extra weight.
    Jean Fain, LICSW, MSW
    Author, “The Self-Compassion Diet”

    • March 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Yeah, I’ve been taking smaller portions to begin with, but then there’s always that moment of reckoning when I decide whether or not to get another serving. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. But it’s definitely extra difficult in restaurants, when they decide the size of the serving. I haven’t yet figured out how to work my “off” button when I start eating something I like.


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