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A study shows that tweaking ingredients but maintaining portions is the secret. Most people on a diet would simply try to eat less than usual - running the risk of binge-eating once their willpower runs out - but eating behaviour expert Ciaran Forde takes a very different approach to careful eating. His reasoning: If people do not feel that they are giving up anything, they would not feel the need to compensate for it later on. Associate Professor Forde, who is from the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre, joint venture by the A*STAR and the National University Health System, said that people generally do not compensate for energy removed from their food. In other words, as long as their senses tell them they are not being shortchanged on food - even when their calorie intake is less - they would not feel the need to make up for it within the same day.

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