But first, dessert!

Photo by  Mink Mingle  on  Unsplash

Photo by Mink Mingle on Unsplash

When you know ahead of time that you are going to indulge after lunch or dinner, you will be more inclined to take the necessary steps to avoid overeating.

According to a new study, participants got on a cafeteria-line that offered dessert at either the beginning or the end. Those who chose their dessert first were twice as likely to eat a lighter main dish compared to those who did so after taking the rest of their meal.

Deciding on dessert first can lead to a healthier meal. Choose your last course first and you will make smarter choices for the rest of your meal! This is even truer if you opt for a rich dessert rather than a “healthy” one. In the study, people who planned to eat cheesecake consumed 30 percent fewer calories overall (including the slice of cheesecake) than those who picked a fruit salad did.

Don't forget that the dessert is part of the 90/10 rule, so enjoy it!