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Soft Music And Special Lighting In Restaurants Can Help Cut Calories!

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Now THAT'S what we like to hear — a totally passive way of cutting calories! LOLz!

A new study is saying that soft music and dimming the lights in a fast food restaurant can help diners enjoy their meal more and eat less!

How did they do it?

They changed a real restaurant and recorded the results!

They took part of a fast food restaurant in Illinois and turned it into an area with milder music and lighting, and found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than other people in the unmodified part of the restaurant.

Here's what the researcher said:

"When we softened the lights and softened the music in the restaurant it didn't change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier."

Customers in the modified section ate longer than those in the main dining area, consumed fewer calories and rated the food as more enjoyable — but what we don't understand is how they gauged how hungry the customers were, and how they compared to each other.

What if the unfixed-side just happened to be more famished??

A researcher added:

"Spending that extra time eating a little more slowly at a more relaxed pace made a world of difference, not just to how much they ate but how much they liked it."

Regardless of caveats, this is still really fab!

Now we're hungry, though.

Someone dim the lights! Ha!

[Image via Ability Films.]

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