Now, Some Cornell University researchers have found that overweight people who choose the low-fat, no-fat, and fat-free options for their snack foods end up eating twice as much as those who eat the regular version of the same snack food.
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Prevention's nutrition director says, "The terms fat-free or sugar-free can create a green light effect, triggering people to eat more."
Yep--I've been there, done that too. It's a little disheartening to learn that most of these special fat-"less" foods actually have the same amount of calories as their regular counterparts.
It's a sad fact because everyone feels the need for a "food reward," occasionally. Here's a couple hints to fill that ole 'hunger for reward' if you get it every now and then:
- Choose something that you have to leave the house to get and reward yourself with smaller portions only--a small fresh bakery item, a cup of lobster bisque
- If you love ice cream -- have a small scoop of premium. It's more rewarding and fun to wait for the special treat than to eat the whole carton straight from your freezer
It sounds like a plan to me!