Can A Candlelit Dinner Help You Lose Weight?

October 24, 2012

New research has found that dinner with a dimmer is not just good for the soul, but can help you lose weight.

A new study split a restaurant in two, turning one half into a typical fast food joint – loud music, brights lights – the other half, a more refined atmosphere with dimmed lighting and soft music. Those in the fine dining section left more food on their plate, consuming 18% less calories than their fast food counterparts.

Participants in the relaxed atmosphere reported to enjoying their food more – a win win.

“Making simple changes away from brighter lights and sound-reflecting surfaces can go a long way towards reducing overeating,” says eating psychology expert, Professor Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab. “Why not try the same thing at home?”

Dust off those candles and some classical music for dinner tonight!

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