A simple trick to make the perfect outdoor buffet table may have been overlooked by most people until now.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia found that people with poor food habits, such as eating too much, are more likely to fall victim to the buffet table.
“When we did a study on food and eating habits, we found that we had no idea how people eat.
So we had a lot of people who said that they just sit at the table and eat,” said Professor Ian Toth, a nutrition scientist at the university.”
But the problem is, when you ask people, ‘How often do you eat?’ they don’t really know how often they eat,” Professor Toth said.”
So we thought, why don’t we ask them to say, ‘Did you eat yesterday?
Did you eat in the past?’ and then ask them about what they ate.”
In their study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the researchers measured the levels of nutrients and dietary macronutrients in the saliva of 12 men and women between the ages of 21 and 60.
“We found that those people who were most likely to eat too much were more likely than people who weren’t to eat as much as usual,” Professor Chris Tait, one of the study’s authors, said.
The researchers then took these same individuals and compared them to 10 participants from a similar age group who had not been diagnosed with obesity.
“And what we found was that the obese people ate more and were more prone to eating more,” Professor Tracht said.
What’s more, those people ate less than their normal-weight peers who ate similar amounts of food.
The research team found that, in addition to the amount of food that they ate, people who ate too much also ate more calories than their peers.
“This suggests that the people who are obese eat more, but they also have a higher intake of carbohydrates and protein,” Professor Jodi Sorenson, the lead author of the paper, said in a press release.
“It suggests that these people are consuming a lot more than they need to be, and they are eating a lot less.”
Dr. Peter Osterholm, the professor of dietetics at the Karolinska Institute, said the findings were important.
“The main takeaway from this is that we need to think about the types of food and how we choose it and what kind of balance we need between food and exercise,” Dr. Osterheim said.
Dr. Toth believes that many of the problems associated with obesity are due to people eating too little and exercising too much.
“In general, if you’re eating too few calories, you’re also exercising too little,” he said.
According to the University’s website, the average American diet is 60 calories per day, with half of this being for energy.
“Most of us don’t think about what the food we eat is really making us feel good,” Dr Osterhammer said.
When asked how much he would eat, he said: “I would eat more than I would want to eat.”
He said it’s important to be mindful of the food you’re putting in your mouth and to eat less if you can.
“If you’re going to have a buffet table, it’s going to be nice to have the right amount of space for all your food,” he explained.
“I would say you’d probably want to have at least an extra 50-70 calories in there, so it’s not like you’re being lazy.”
The findings of this study were published in a paper published in Obesity, and the study has not yet been peer-reviewed.