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Tracking bites and using a smaller plate helps control eating, study shows

Research we’re watching Researchers at Clemson University wanted to determine whether two approaches to preventing overeating—wearing a tracker designed to record numbers of bites taken and using a small plate—are effective in helping people eat less. The researchers recruited 94 college students, 60% of whom were women. The researchers randomly assigned them into four groups. One group wore a Bite Counter—a wristband device that detects hand-to-mouth gestures and displays a bite count…

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