I recently subscribed to Nutrition Action Healthletter because I love reading about health and nutrition. I already read the January/February 2012 edition from front to back. It has great information in it!
I wanted to share an interesting piece of information regarding a study that is featured in the magazine because I found it very insightful.
In the study, women were given a 100-calorie salad of veggies, light cheese, and FF Italian salad dressing along with a main dish. “When the women were told that they had to eat the entire salad, they consumed 11% fewer calories at the meal than when they were offered no salad. However, when the women were allowed to eat as much of the salad as they wanted, they ate only about two-thirds of it, and they consumed no fewer calories at the meal than when they ate no salad” (p. 8).
So what does this mean? Fill up on a low calorie veggie salad before a meal. Eating the entire salad will help fill you up and, if you listen to your hunger signals, you will eat less calories overall.