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A novel but effective way to lose weight: learn to resist food ‘cues’

People of all sizes underestimate how much they eat by ‘three cheeseburgers’ a day

Senior features writer

Retraining yourself to resist hunger cues and junk food while being active could result in more enduring weight loss than being active on a diet, a new study in the US shows. Meanwhile, people of all sizes eat more than they admit, as much as an extra three McDonald’s cheeseburgers (900 calories) a day, research in the UK finds.

These peer-reviewed studies were small, but they flag major issues for people wanting to maintain or lose weight: how to control eating behaviour and tolerate cravings, and the need to be more aware of food intake.

Moreover, the “Regulation of Cues” study targeting appetite mechanisms in people who were “highly responsive to food” and cravings was a randomised control trial, the most rigorous type of scientific research...

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