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Discover These Tricks That Can Make You Fat

There are a number of pitfalls everywhere, not just in life, but also in our daily goals and if we are not mindful of them, we can for fall into their traps and regret for life. Within the weight-loss industry too, there exists a number of subtle traps that are beguiling unsuspecting candidates who are unaware of their real motives.

While most dieters are aware that super-sized bags of chips and other similar kind of meals need to be avoided, there are additional marketing tactics that have been adopted by commercial food manufacturers who have upped their game in pushing unhealthy food onto a dieter’s plate. Given the number of gimmicks and ploys available these days, it is becoming increasingly difficult to make healthy food choices.

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Here are some startling revelations on how you can avoid falling into the newly created pitfalls, developed by food marketers and unscrupulous food producers.

1. Mind games in the menu.

A large number of the population consider that eating out today has never been better. According to a survey conducted by the NPD group, over 85% of the people surveyed revealed that they perceived restaurants offering healthier food choices than they did three years ago. Although most restaurants and eateries offer healthy food items, there are subtle ploys that steers one to opt for unhealthy alternatives. For example, in many restaurants there are pages dedicated to deliciously sounding and delectably prepared food, and right towards the end of the menu there is a tiny section dedicated to ‘lite’ foods or low-calorie food dishes. In a number of cases, this tiny section is priced much higher than the foods mentioned in the prior pages. One study from the Carnegie Mellon University revealed that over 50% of people were unlikely to order from the healthy section, as it was relegated to the back end of the menu.

2. Enticing visuals.

Almost all of us have experienced drooling mouths when we see the unhealthiest food leaping off posters, flyers, and food packages tempting us to buy and eat them. As much as we would like to blame our imagination, images and visuals on food labels and food posters have become increasingly forceful intended to grab the buyers’ attention. Consumer and eating behavior experts at Cornell University revealed that these days, potato chips seem to burst forth from the pouch, and a greater amount of food is displayed on food bowls and plates with attractive garnishing. Cut back 30 years ago, the food packaging of popular food products such as a sandwich cookie was only featured on its logo. Today, however, a 6 inch cookie appears to be leaping out of a splosh of milk. Such photographs and images of indulgent and appetizing foods can actually boost hunger pangs and cravings among people, even if they might not be ravenously hungry. According to a study conducted by the University of Southern California, it seemed that visuals of foods, high in calories, enhanced hunger pangs by over 21% and the need for sweets by over 27%, as compared to the photographs of non-food items.

3. Trapping with mini meals.

If you have been out on a girl’s night/boys night out, you would notice an endless course of appetisers. It is not just your imagination. Popular restaurants are instructed to do just that. By introducing cheap and inexpensive hors d’oeuvres such as mini corn dogs, stuffed bacon and cheese bites, Parmesan cheese stuffed mushrooms, Swiss sliders or desserts in short sized glasses, it has been noticed that people tend to eat much more than usual by over 25%. Although in theory, small food portions are good for health, most of us do not stick to just one serving; and in a social gathering it becomes impossible to keep a count of the number of portions or servings consumed. In addition, the low price of such foods encourages people to order and eat more.

Carol is passionate writer, enjoys blogging on health and Weight loss related topics. She is currently working as freelance writer for an online store selling Premium Garcinia Cambogia 3000.

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