A new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is giving credence to sweets-lovers everywhere, claiming that adding milkshakes into one's diet might actually lead to weight loss.
According to Mic, the study looked at the affects of milkshakes on 15 men with a body mass index of 22.6. The milkshakes they consumed were 50 percent carbs, 30 percent fat and 20 percent protein, but the men drank shakes with varying amounts of calories and thickness
The study was conducted to test the phenomenon of "phantom fullness," or the idea that some foods and drinks make it easier to delay the next meal. The study found that those who drank the thinner, low-calorie milkshakes felt hunger sooner than the others, but those drinking extra-thick shakes felt full for a much longer time.
Those drinking the thin, low-calorie shakes were usually hungry only 26 minutes after drinking the shake, where as those drinking the high calorie, thick shakes weren't hungry again until almost 82 minutes after they had finished drinking.
And while it may seem reasonable, the authors of the study say that the thickness of the shake didn't really affect how quickly subjects stomachs emptied, but instead demonstrated the psychological affects of phantom fullness.
"The increase in perceived fullness that is due solely to the increased viscosity, which is a phenomenon that we refer to as phantom fullness, may be useful in lowering energy intake," the authors wrote.
Now to be fair, these aren't your average three scoops of vanilla and a cup of whole milk milkshakes. The drinks in the study were thickened using locust bean paste (seriously). But if you can't find any galactomannan vegetable gum, try making a thick smoothie with fruit, veggies, and yogurt—it'll still provide the same phantom fullness effect.
As for us? We'll still be at Black Tap drinking candy-topped milkshakes, praying it helps us shed a few extra pounds.