'Mindful eating' cuts calories when eating out


January 13, 2012 2:34:29 PM PST
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says when you eat away from home, you add an average 134 calories a day, but a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior describes a tactic some women have used to eat less while eating out.

The program is called "mindful eating" and the key is to just take your time.

When you eat slowly you pay more attention to the texture, taste, and smell of each bite.

Women in the six week program consumed nearly 300 fewer calories a day.

They lost on average of a little more than two pounds and they did not have to give up restaurant food.