3. No Bagging It: Eating straight out of a bag of snack food is dangerous because you don't get a sense of how much you're consuming. For example, Wansink's team gave two groups of adults half-pound and one-pound bags of M&Ms, then had them eat as much as they wanted while watching a video. The people holding the half-pound bags ate 71 M&Ms, on average; in the same amount of time, the people eating the pound bags ate 137 M&Ms, almost twice as much. So, to avoid mindless consumption, don't grab a bag of chips and settle in for your favorite show. Instead, serve all your snacks on a tray or in a bowl.
This one hits home with me. Last night I settled in to watch my BoSox take
on the Halos in the ALDS. I had a big bag of chips and a large can of honey-
roasted peanuts open on the table. I was gnawing at them constantly. I'd
have been much better off just filling a couple of small bowls. (Well, really,
I'd have been better off not eating anything, but that