Who ever thought that eating dessert before your actual meal could help you?  Apparently it can...For the study...

Over the course of four days participants were offered four different dessert options: fresh fruit placed before the main meal and side dish options, lemon cheesecake placed before the main meal and side dish options, fresh fruit placed after main meal and side dish options, and lemon cheesecake placed after main meal and side dish options.

 

Nearly 70% of the participants that chose the cheesecake went on to select healthier savory dishes. Conversely only a third of those that chose fruit before the savory dishes went on to choose something healthy later. On balance individuals that picked cheesecake first, consumed 250 fewer calories by the time the meal was over.

In some instances study participants were allowed to choose dessert before their meal and some afterwards. Roughly 70% consumed less calories when they had dessert first.

One of the options was cheesecake.  And when people ordered it first, they consumed an average of 250 fewer calories compared to when they ordered it after their meal.

Ok I am getting hungry...so if you want to read more about the study check out the article from The Ladders here.