Salty snacks sing a symphony of my name after hours spent working, and I know I’m not the only one. Before too long, I’ve scored myself a stomachache from wolfing down more kale chips (or more often, cheese fries) than my body was actually asking for. According to a recent study in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, using your nondominant hand when grazing can help prevent overeating.
Apparently using one’s dominant hand makes it easier to go on autopilot. This can be said about most tasks, eating included. So by using the hand you usually keep on reserve, you slow down and allow your body to catch up by feeling its actual fullness. Although this advice might not be as practical during meals (ew, spilling stuff everywhere at restaurants, no thanks), it might lend to consuming smarter portions and less food comas while otherwise mindlessly munching on the couch.
How do you think this might affect your personal eating habits? How might an ambidextrous person go about trying this approach? [via CNN]