You are what you think you eat, new research reveals.
Believing you had a small breakfast makes people feel significantly hungrier just two hours later, a study found.
They also consume more food at lunch and take in more calories throughout the day, the research adds.
The memory of a small meal, as opposed to producing higher amounts of ‘hunger hormones’, is behind the results, according to the researchers.
Lead author Dr Steven Brown from Sheffield Hallam University, said: ‘We were able to measure participants’ consumption throughout the rest of the day and found that total intake was lower when participants believed that they had eaten a larger breakfast.’