Counting the amount of calories you consume is out. Counting the amount of bites you take while eating is in. A recent study conducted by researchers from BYU has revealed that counting the amount of bites we take while eating can lead to promising results toward our weight loss goals.
“This study confirms what we already knew: Consuming less food makes a difference,” said lead author Josh West in a statement. “We’re not advocating people starve themselves, what we’re talking about is people eating less than they’re currently eating.”
New research suggests that counting bites, not calories, could help with weight loss.
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 per cent 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 results have also spurred the university’s computer science department to develop an app that would be compatible with wearable devices to help people count their bites.
Researchers say the method would be a doable, cost-effective weight management tool.
The findings appear in Advances in the journal Obesity, Weight Management & Control.
Co-author Ben Crookston said: “the good news is that you don’t have to be extreme calorie cutting. Even a 20 percent reduction in bites makes a difference.”