When was the last time you ate a brownie, a burger, a cupcake, or a slice of pizza? Did you hold it with your hands and bite in, or did you use a fork (and knife) to eat it? It’s socially acceptable to eat any of these foods by hand, but if you’re watching your weight, you are likely to be better off grabbing some silverware instead.
Using a fork and knife to eat takes longer and slows you down, compared to eating straight from your hands. Eating a brownie or cupcake by hand will take only a few bites, but with a fork in hand, you’ll take more, smaller bites. And theoretically, you’ll enjoy it more, and can be satisfied with less. This simple rule could make the difference between stopping at two slices of pizza, or feeling the urge for a third. In the long run, little changes and habits add up. So whenever possible, choose a fork over fingers.