What ? A cheetos diet ? I am sure everybody in the world know about Cheetos and its Chester Cheetah logo. No one in their right mind would advise eating cheetos as diet meals or diet snacks to lose weight.
Cheetos also use trans fats used in fast food which can bulge your waist.
However a researcher from Pennsylvania State University nutritionist insists otherwise. The equation for weight loss is calories output > calories input. But according to Penn State University, by consuming more air we will eat less and in turn will lose weight. So let's find out more whether this snack can be used as diet snack.
The research done by Pennsylvania State University invited a lot of people who are not on diet to eat as many cheese puffs as they crave for four days. The respondents were divided into two groups. The first group ate the crispy stick cheetos while the other eat the cheese puffs cheetos which are puffy and contain more air inside the puffs.
The result is quite astonishing, because the group who ate the cheese puffs cheetos ended up eating more in term of volume compared to the other group. However the total calories consumption of the cheese puffs group was lower by 21%. Both type of cheetos had the same number of calories per ounce.
This study showed that by choosing food that is more puffy, you can eat more while consuming lower calories number. This is believed to be cause by the signals from our stomach that we eat enough foods while actually the foods that we eat contain air too. As quoted from the May issue of Journal Appetite, Paul Rozin (a psychologist at Pennsylvania State University) said "You're actually imagining that you've eaten more, since each piece is larger".
This trick can be incorporated into your daily meals. For example when you are choosing a cereal make sure you choose the puffy one instead of the dense one. But of course this will come to no avail if your cereal is full of sugar.
Of course you should not go on cheetos diet right now to lose weight. However this study gives us a knowledge that puffy foods are better than dense foods in term of snacks.
But what I personally like about this study is that now I have academically backed up reason to snack on my favorite Cheetos!
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