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Dessert: End the meal with a decadent chocolate pudding topped with roasted hazelnut. Let the chocolate work its magic!

Most weight-watchers know that in order for them to live semi-normal lives, they indulge in the decadent pleasures of chocolates and pastries vicariously through the TV show hosts with great figures. No harm in just watching, right? Well, you’d be wrong.

According to researchers from Cornell University in New York, watching indulgent shows like The Great British Bake Off, gives viewers the impression that treats like rich and decadent cakes are a “social norm”, thus causing them to eat such foods too often.

The study, published in the journal Appetite, states that “TV cooking shows could be seen as authorities on food, and since human behavior is influenced by authority figures, these personalities may impact on viewers’ food practices.”

According to the study, people who enjoyed watching cooking shows and other food-related entertainment had an average weight of 11.72st, as compared to 10.92st for those who didn’t tune into them.

Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Cake Boss—you’ve got to go!

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.