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Avoid cookery shows when losing weight

Scientists have discovered that we’re much more likely to tuck into unhealthy snacks and junk food if we’re watching the likes of Jamie, Delia or Nigella.
It doesn’t even seem to matter if the cookery show in question is focusing on healthy recipes: we’ll still be tempted to munch on sugary, fatty options.
Instead the best TV shows to watch to keep your figure nice and trim are nature programmes apparently.
American psychologists from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York recruited 80 adults to help them ascertain what impact television viewing has on our taste buds. Half of the participants were told to watch cookery shows while the others were asked to watch nature programmes.
The viewers were given three bowls containing chocolate sweets, raw carrots or cheese curls to eat at their leisure. All bowls were weighed before and after the TV sessions.
Those watching the cookery programmes got through a lot more of the chocolate sweets than those watching the nature show; the latter were more inclined to munch on carrots.
The scientists therefore believe that watching food-related programmes may trigger the desire for calorie-laden products, thus affecting eating behaviour.
In a report published appropriately enough in the journal Appetite, the researchers said: “TV watching has been associated with overeating and obesity. But how popular food-related shows affect eating behaviour has not been examined.
“Significantly more chocolate-covered sweets were consumed among those who watched the cooking programme. These findings may have implications for obesity prevention.”

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