6. Avoiding the “low fat” trap is a proven way to help cut calorie intake
Research has shown “low-fat” labels on foods encourage some of us to eat as much as 50% more. Study participants consumed 84 extra calories more when seeing “low-fat” because it’s automatically assumed the product has fewer calories. According to one of the studies, “low–fat” labels increase the perception of an appropriately sized serving by 25.1%.
Examine the calorie count when reading nutrition labels of foods. Rather choose regular or full–fat versions instead of eating more of low–fat foods and snacks. Some research has shown that the fat substituted ingredients can actually make you hungrier, resulting in increased calorie intake.