We did a set studies in movie theaters, holiday receptions, and homes, we showed we eat an average of 28% more total calories when they eat low-fat snacks than regular ones. Low-fat foods are not always low-calorie foods becasue fat is often replaced with sugar.
When we see a low fat foot we basically think we’re eating fewer calories and we think we’ll feel less guilty. That’s the precise recipe for overeating.
Although low fat snacks taste OK, I never think they taste as good as the real deal.
When we discovered this tendency to overeat low-fat snacks by 28% (it goes up to 45% more for obese people), most of the people in my Lab made the the following change. We stick with the regular version, but eat a little bit less. It’s better for both your diet and your taste buds.
For 30 years my Lab and I have focused on discovering secret answers to help people live better lives. Some of these relate to health and happiness (and often to food). Please share whatever you find useful.
This video of one of my post-docs gives a flavor of one type of research that we've done: