Is it really possible that memory can suppress hunger? Researchers seem to think so. A recent study by the University of Bristol says appetite might be controlled by your memory of a previous meal. Could this really be true, or just another far-fetched, old wives' tale? While it may seem like a great idea and possibly another dieting trick to add to the list, it's important to remember that fad diets and ideas usually don't work - at least long-term.
Research Says Memories Can Suppress the Appetite
During the study, participants were given 300ml to 500ml of soup. They were not told how much they ate, and those who were given more soup felt, of course, fuller. The study was repeated with participants' knowledge of how much soup they ate. Those who believed they had consumed more soup felt greater satisfaction, reducing their hunger later. Does this mean that our appetite levels can be controlled by what we perceive to be true? This idea seems pretty hard to swallow.
Why This Probably Won't Work
A number of factors control appetite and the amount we eat. Some factors may be external, while others may be learned. For example, as children we are often taught to clean our plates. We must also consider our relationship with food. Our eating habits are very complex and probably won't be changed by such a simple idea. In fact, it's possible that even thinking about a good meal may make you even hungrier.
How to Really Control Your Appetite
As someone who has struggled with weight loss for most of my life, I can tell you that fad diets and tricky ideas do not work. You need sound advice when it comes to controlling your hunger. Though commonly known, it's always important to remember that the food you do eat should be nutritional. Throughout my dieting struggles, I've learned drinking plenty of water and choosing foods high in fiber will stick with you and keep you feeling full. You're more likely to get hungry before meal time when you consume empty-calorie foods, even if you do remember how scrumptious and satisfying that latte and sweet treat was an hour ago.