How satisfied you feel by your breakfast smoothie or your 4 o’clock snack may have more to do with what’s in your mind than what’s in your mouth. The experience of eating and drinking is influenced by a host of surprising factors, from the weight of your fork to the music on your playlist to the shape, size, and color of your plate. This is a concept Oxford psychology professor Charles Spence, PhD, calls gastrophysics—and it can play a powerful role in what and how much we eat.
Trying to lose weight but reluctant to give up that ritual glass of wine? Well according to Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., creator of the F-Factor Diet, you don't have to. The key, she told Women's Health Magazine, is to count the calories, just like you would with any other snack.