- A new study found that ordering dessert first might help you lose weight
- Researchers monitored what people ate in a cafeteria and offered up plenty of desserts
- They found that when you know it's bad for you, you eat less of everything else
It's hard being a person who really loves dessert. Not because it's bad for you, but rather because you have to sit through your entire meal before you can eat it. However, that may not have to be the case after all.
A new study found that ordering your dessert first might help you lose weight. Researchers monitored what people ate in a cafeteria, and changed up how the desserts were offered. Sometimes they let people choose their dessert first before they grabbed their meal. Sometimes they made them grab it after their meal.
What they found was that over the course of four days, 70% of people consumed fewer calories when they ordered their dessert first. Sometimes they consumed significantly fewer calories. One of the options was cheesecake and it seems that when people ordered it first, they consumed an average of 250 fewer calories compared to when they ordered it after their meal.
The researchers say the reason all comes down to our psychology. Everyone knows dessert isn't very healthy and when we indulge at the beginning of a meal, we compensate by ordering less of everything else.