It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how fast food restaurants and fine dining establishments each have a different ambiance. While the former sports bright colors, loud music and stark lighting, the latter is more focused on muted shades, soothing music and dim lighting. It turns out; these factors influence how much you eat.
Recent research conducted by Cornell University indicated that the more distracted you are, the more you are likely to eat. So if you find bright colors or loud music attractive, you will not pay attention to how much you’re eating. Similarly, if you tend to enjoy soft music, you may get carried away and spend a longer time at the restaurant, therefore eating a larger amount.
Studies also show that lighting plays a crucial role in restaurants, although there are conflicting results. Some claim that loud music accelerates your heart rate and induces mindless, panic eating, while others say that dim lighting lowers inhibitions and makes you less conscious of how much food you’re tucking into. Either way, eating out is a minefield for those conscious of their dietary habits, so perhaps being aware is the first step to cutting back on unhealthy eating. Always be fully aware of what you’re putting into your body, and try to practice mindful eating.