Tip #4: Eat standing up.
What to do: Many dieticians recommend standing while eating because standing burns more calories. You get full faster and eat less.
What happened: I did eat less than usual but not because of getting full faster: I just got tired of standing around with a plate.
Our verdict: Yes, this works but not how it should. Also, when we are standing, the stomach is not compressed as compared to when we are sitting, so I’m surprised it works at all.
Tip #5: Hold cutlery with the “wrong” hand.
What to do: Psychologists assure us that when we snack with the “wrong” hand (our nondominant hand) we eat less eagerly. That way we end up eating much less.
What happened: I am a rightie and not great at using my left hand. Even then, eating with my left hand was as easy as with my right.
Our verdict: #doesnotwork
Tip #6: Use cool shades in the kitchen.
What to do: People who tend to overeat are advised to use crockery of cool shades because blue and green colors supposedly suppress the appetite and calm us down. They aren’t associated with food because food is usually not in such colors (especially junk food).
What happened: I was surprised to find that when surrounded by cool colors I really didn’t want to eat that much. Perhaps the effect is stronger if the food is not truly desired…I didn’t finish this bowl of soup.
Our verdict: This works!