Can You Eat Ice Cream and Still Lose Weight?

How savoring your food may help you feel more satisfied.

Licking ice cream is more satisfying than eating it with a spoon, says Kay McMath, a food technologist for New Zealand’s Massey University. “Flavor in ice cream is released when the fat—which carries the flavor—is warmed to at least body temperature,” McMath explains. When you lick ice cream it coats the tongue and fully warms the frozen treat. A spoon, on the other hand, insulates the ice cream. And then there’s the psychological aspect of savoring the treat more slowly: “You just cannot lick ice cream as fast as you can spoon it.”