Instagram Diet: How Your Food Porn Addiction May Help You Lose Weight

Photo-heavy social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram could curb your cravings according to a new study

Does scrolling Pinterest count as a workout? Maybe.

A new study by Brigham Young University found that folks who viewed an abundance of food photos reported a less enjoyable eating experience, post picture binge.

"In a way, you’re becoming tired of that taste without even eating the food," said study coauthor and BYU professor Ryan Elder in a statement. "It’s sensory boredom -- you’ve kind of moved on. You don’t want that taste experience anymore."

The research participants looked at and rated pictures of either salty (chips, pretzels, and French fries) or sweet (cake, truffles, and chocolates) foods. Afterwards, the entire group ate peanuts.

But it was only the salty taste testers who said they weren’t nuts about the snack -- even though peanuts didn’t appear in any of the photos! Apparently, the overexposure to salty foods was enough to satiate their taste for the seasoning.

"If you want to enjoy your food consumption experience, avoid looking at too many pictures of food," said study coauthor Jeff Larson. "Even I felt a little sick to my stomach during the study after looking at all the sweet pictures we had."

So browsing those endless shots of yummy cupcakes might actually be a calorie-free way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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