Overweight due to overeating

Study: Many people underestimate how much they eat.


Have you heard the saying ‘your eyes must be bigger than your stomach’? As a child I used to hear it from my parents when I filled my plate with more food than I could eat. I heard it particularly often when it was one of my favourite dishes because then I stuffed myself until I couldn’t eat any more. I overindulged all too often. But it is not only children who tend to ‘shovel’ in more food than they really need – and often more than is good for them. In many cases, eating unnecessarily large portions leads to excessive body weight. Researchers have now provided scientific evidence of this.

In a relevant study, US researchers proved that both bigger portions of food and larger plates alone seduce people into eating more than they need to become full. Everyone has probably already experienced that feeling of fullness that follows overindulgence. One of the possible reasons for consuming more food than intended is the fact that the body usually only communicates a feeling of being full about 15 minutes after the food is actually eaten. And this is often too late.

In another scientific study, British researchers have now found that people do realise that they have eaten too much. However, they find it difficult to assess their excess consumption with reasonable accuracy. This can be a significant risk factor for obesity – a problem that does not threaten users of the nutrition optimiser Almased because this formulated product is easy to portion accurately. Furthermore, Almased does not feed the body with superfluous calories, but provides it with vital, high-quality nutrients. Therefore, the Almased user can achieve his or her desired weight, or maintain it sustainably, with certainty. In addition, the valuable soy protein in Almased prevents the undesirable side effects of aging, such as the reduction of muscle mass. This means Almased consumers also protect themselves against postural and mobility problems in old age.

Almased – always the perfect portion

For their study titled ‘The portion size effect: Women demonstrate an awareness of eating more than intended when served larger than normal portions’, the British scientists asked 48 test subjects, in this case women, how many noodles with tomato sauce they intended to eat at lunch. The subjects were asked to choose between a larger and a smaller portion of the same food and to take as much of the food as they wanted in a second bowl.

After the meal, where the participating women could eat as much as they wanted, they were shown photos of the amount of food they were planning to eat based on their previous reply. The respondents were then asked to assess whether they had exceeded or fallen short of the above-mentioned amount at lunch and the extent of the difference. It turned out that around 25 per cent underestimated the amount of pasta consumed.

As a result of their research, the scientists noted that of the women who were offered a larger bowl of noodles and who had eaten more than originally intended, 77 per cent correctly stated that they had eaten more than planned. However, the women estimated that the portion of noodles they had eaten was about a quarter less than they had actually eaten.

According to the study directors, the results show that people are well aware that they have eaten more than intended. However, the additional amount of food eaten is not evaluated correctly and, if anything, it is too low. The researchers warn that this can develop into obesity over time.

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