New research from the University of Arizona found that choosing a high-calorie dessert – vs. something healthy like fruit could actually cause you to eat fewer calories overall.
Here’s how it works: Researchers put either a healthy dessert like fresh fruit or a less healthy dessert like cheesecake at the beginning of a cafeteria line. They found that when we picked the cheesecake at the beginning of the line, we chose a lower calorie entrée and would end up eating 30% fewer calories.
The researchers believe diners who chose the indulgent dessert first then picked healthier main and side dishes to make up for their high-calorie dessert.
Maybe ask for the dessert menu first tonight.