Counting bites not calories

There is new research (Timeslive.co.za) that suggests that counting bites, not calories, could help with weight loss. I’m not sure what to make of this.

For the study, researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah asked a group of 61 participants to count the number of times they lifted food or drink to their mouths.

They were then asked to commit to taking 20 to 30 percent fewer bites over the next week.

The 41 participants who successfully completed the task lost an average of 1.6 kg at the end of the experiment.

The very fact that they were focusing on how many bites they were taking could have been enough to make the difference. If you think about it, how many times in a day do you really concentrate on what you are eating, do you register exactly when and how much you eat.

Now those of us on diets may well be counting calories, planning meals, staggering our eating, fasting some days etc.  This all takes effort and it strikes me that counting the number of times you actually take a bite each day is another useful tool as long as you are also combining this with planning exactly what it is that you are biting into!

Helen Clarke, Co-Founder DietMaps